Hankies in History

Over the past few weeks, I have sifted through some of the 40 years of Hanky Panky on paper. Line sheets including every style ever made, newspaper and magazine clippings have documented much of Hanky Panky’s history. There are so many special Hanky Panky moments in our archives; below are a few that stood out to me for the fun and flirty images, as well as the interesting backstories.

This is a page from the Spring 1978 line sheet—all hand-drawn by Hanky Panky co-founder and creative director Gale Epstein. It includes the sketches of a corsetlet, tap pant, bra, and undies made from three different styles of handkerchiefs—embroidered, printed, or a menswear plaid/stripe.

Hanky Panky Spring 1978 line sheet page

Page from the Hanky Panky Spring 1978 Line Sheet

And here is one of our photos of the actual outfit that same season!

Hanky Panky vintage photograph circa 1978

Hanky Panky Waistcoat and Tap Pant c. 1978

This here is a page out of the Holiday 1978 line sheet—a bra and bikini, waistcoat, half-slip, and “skimmer.” Below it, are the waistcoat, half-slip, bralette and bikini modeled in a 1978 Victoria’s Secret catalog—back when they were an independent retailer!

Hanky Panky vintage linesheet Holiday 1978

Page from the Hanky Panky Holiday 1978 Line Sheet

Hanky Panky in Victoria's Secret Catalog, 1978

Hanky Panky in a 1978 Victoria’s Secret Catalog

Going through 40 years of the Hanky Panky archives has been a journey through fashion history, and taught me about the inspiring and pioneering designs Gale Epstein and Hanky Panky have contributed to the lingerie industry. Creativity and innovation have been the heart of Hanky Panky since its inception in 1977.

Cheers to 40 more years!

-Noa Herman, Hanky Panky Intern

About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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