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The Collection: Panties
#158- #161

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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# 158 – Panties
Navy blue, synthetic, high-waisted, vintage panties from Woolworths. They have a lace front.

 

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# 159 – Panties
The second of two identical pairs: hot pink, satin panties with stretch mesh front. Black edging and embroidery over the bum reading “Kiss me…”

 

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# 160 – Panties
Black cotton/synthetic blend panties. These are supplied as “disposable” knickers when visiting some spa’s.

 

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# 161 – Panties
Black, size small La Senza g-string. I bought these for a Playboy shoot in 2013 but they didn’t make it into the project in the end.

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The Collection: Panties
#154- #157

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career. They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc. The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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# 154 – Panties
Grey cotton tanga pantie in corona with red bow detail. Size small from a Woolworths sale about 5 years ago.

 

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# 155 – Panties
A great and wake Woodstock factory shop find: blue cotton granny panties or very full briefs in sky blue with white elastic trim.

 

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# 156 – Panties
Synthetic, white, seamless g-string in size medium from Pick ‘n Pay clothing. Bought as a basic items for a shoot two years ago.

 

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Sabian Ransome Photographed for Playboy South Africa by Leah Hawker Cape Town Photographer

# 157 – Panties
White cotton g-string in size small from La Senza bought specifically for the Miss March Playmate photoshoot for Playboy South Africa in 2013 with Sabian Ransome (pictured above in one of the PR shots).

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The Collection: Panties
#150- #153

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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# 150 – Panties
White stretch mech and lace thong, size small. I think I sourced these for a Playboy South Africa shoot from either La Senza or Womans Secret. They’ve been made with a little too much gusset length which invites them to be worn in a retro 80’s super-high leg cut like shown here.

 

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# 151 – Panties
Size small white cotton g=striong with white lace waist band from La Senza. Still brand new, soothed for Playboy South Africa’s photoshoots, 2013.

 

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# 152 – Panties
Black stretch lace string with white ribbon detailing, size medium, “bm intimates” from Mr.Price. These were originally sourced for a French Made themed photoshoot somewhere in 2006. They’ve been used in a number of shoots including this private commission above which was shot in the dungeon in the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

 

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# 153 – Panties
Romans Secret, black stretch-lace thong with nude, velvet bow details at the hips. These were sourced for a Playboy South Africa shoot in June 2013.

 

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The Collection: Panties
#147- #149

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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Tersha Macwiya 35 by Leah Hawker

# 147 – Panties
Yellow, black and white mesh and lace g-string, size small from Mr.Price. I sourced these specifically for The Miss May Playmate PR portraits in 2013 with Tersha Makwiya.

 

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# 148 – Panties
Black cotton tanga pantie from Woolworths, came in a 3-set. (black, red and a floral print), size small. A useful cut for many shoots which is why I bought them.

 

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# 149 – Panties
White cotton boiled briefs from Mr.Price. These came in a 2-set (the others are an inverse of these). They were bought and sourced for a soccer theme nude shoot in 2010 just before the World Cup in Cape Town.

 

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The Collection: Panties
#143- #146

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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# 143 – Panties
White cotton boiled briefs from La Senza. I sourced these specifically for Sabian Ransome’s Miss March Playmate shoot in 2013 (image above).

 

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# 144 – Panties
Olive green and ox-blood red thong from La Senza. These were part of a batch a friend “donated” to the collection after a break-up.

 

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# 145 – Panties
White and blue cotton, boy-leg panty from Pep (R24.99 about 3 years ago) somewhere in the Western Cape of South Africa.

 

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# 146 – Panties
White lace thong in size medium from Cotton On on sale.

 

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The Collection: Panties
#21- #24

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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Sabian Ransome Miss March Playboy Playmate photographed by Leah Hawker Cape Town South Africa

#21 – Panties
Mr. Price, neon yellow, stretch lace, g-string, medium. I bought these in a three-pack (yellow, pink, orange) at Mr.Price one day just because their lumo multiplicity was so brilliant, it was screaming “shoot!”. I used them on one Playboy shoot in 2013.

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#22 – Panties
Black stretch-mesh thong with fuchsia pink edging, butterfly- detailing and adjustable side ribbons. These were a gift from my school-time boyfriend after we broke up and he had returned from Thailand. They went into the collection, being used once only for a student time exhibition series for which one of my class mates posed for.

 

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 023 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#23 – Panties
Black, small, La Senza, thong with removable suspender belt clips, satin bows and black feather trim. A good ol’ La Senza sale buy most likely from the time when they had that factory shop in Access Park in Kenilworth. I used these in a shoot where I distinctly remember the client or model saying that she felt like an ostrich when wearing them…

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 024 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#24 – Panties
Size medium, cotton, Pep Store brooks. Boy-leg cut with pink, taupe & turquoise dot print and grey lace detail. I have a bit of quirk about buying strange items, especially underwear, in unusual spots; either on pumping African markets or in small town super market chains, which is how this pair came to the collection. I bought these in Pep in Lüderitz, Namibia in 2012 on route to a mini-rock concert in the desert.

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The Collection: Panties
#18- #20

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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Labia Museum Muizenberg B&W conceptual shoot 001 photographed by CapeTown photographer Leah Hawker

Her beautiful hair and makeup was done by Colleen Van Rensburg at Bird On A Wire, Cape Town

Her beautiful hair and makeup was done by Colleen Van Rensburg at Bird On A Wire, Cape Town

#19 – Panties
Red, size medium, synthetic, high waisted panties with red lace and stitching details. A Cape Town “Golden Acre” find about 9 years ago, these are probably in my top 10 of favourite panties in my collection. They’ve been used quite a few times in shoots in the past, but I still, they haven’t yet been done justice. They have pockets (!) and the most fantastic retro stitching lines, reminiscent of tummy-holding-in brooks and body-shaping underwear of the 50’s.

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100% cotton, size small, red Woolworths panties with white and black flower print in bikini cut. I wish South African underwear retailers would produce more underwear in this cut. I found these on sale at Woolies in Canal Walk about 5 years ago and bought them just because they’re the kind of knickers I’ve looked for in the past for shoots but couldn’t find. They were part of a three pack and so the the other two pairs (without a print design) are useful options to have. They’re kind of like the ultimate cotton knickers for their genre.

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 020 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#20 – Panties
Mauve, Women’s secret, mesh, bikini-cut panties with lace details and cut-out. Size small. These are super pretty and never got worn or used for the Playboy “Miss July” Playmate shoot I bought them for in 2013. I had a limited budget and even more limited time to source for the shoot and found some amazing items on sale at Women’s Secret (which has sadly now closed its doors it seems).

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The Collection: Panties
#15- #17

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 015 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#15 – Panties
White synthetic, “seamless”, thong. Size medium, from Pick ‘n Pay. There are often occasions on photoshoots where one needs that perfect pair of white panties and somehow I always feel I don’t have the exact look I need and so I end up hunting down another pair to suit the intended shoot.

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#16 – Panties
Pink cotton panties with white lace trimmings, size absolutely-tiny. I wonder if these are actually panties for kids, but then I look at all those lace embellishments and just can’t believe they would have been made for someone under 15?! These disturbingly teeny brooks were yet another China-supermarket purchase which live in the collection.

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Tersha Macwiya 40 by Leah Hawker

#17 – Panties
Mr. Price, size small thong made of floral-print stretch-satin, white lace waist band with yellow ribbon detail. I bought these knickers for the Playboy South Africa “Miss May” Playmate shoot in 2013. The underwear set that she wore for this PR image was actually a really pretty design from MrPrice.

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The Collection: Panties
#11- #14

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#11 – Panties.
Small aqua/teal satin thong with black lace detail from WonderBra. Picked these tiny ones up at the underwear factory shop in Brickfield Road, Woodstock a good 7-8 years ago, they are yet to be used in a shoot. They come from this “era” where knickers sit super low rise, both front and back, and so the length of the thong is comparatively shorter then the length of the strap which goes around the hips. Surprisingly, these have been manufactured in South Africa.

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 012 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#12 – Panties.
Baby-pink with black pinstripe, size medium boy-short style knickers with black lace frill and bow. A gift from my sister after a business trip to Italy.  They weren’t quite my style so I added them to the collection where they’ve been for the last decade…

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 013 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#13 – Panties (pair 1 of 2 (item #159))
Fuchsia pink satin back & stretch mesh front with black trimmings and embroidery “Kiss me…” on the backside. Playful Promises design label,London. Size large. These came as samples in a shipment my partner received for his online shop passionfruit.co.za, there are 2 pairs of these in my collection (the second documented at a later stage for the collection). I had thought they were just random cheapies but it turns out, after some investigation, that they come from a UK based lingerie designer who stocks some pretty great stuff on their online store, look here.

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 014 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#14 – Panties
Orange lace with grey bubble-dot-printed stretch mesh, boy-leg cut panties from HipHop, South Africa, small-medium. Why anyone would put these two textiles, let alone colours, together, beats me. These boy-short knickers were in the bag of passing-these-on’s from a friend (same as panties #8). They are well made, most likely manufactured for HipHop by a CMT in Cape Town.

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The Collection: Panties
#8 – #10

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

The Collection - PANTIES - no.008 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#8 – Panties.
Small acid yellow La Senza thong. A friend messaged me and asked if I wanted a bag of her old-but-never-worn or old-and-worn-once-or-twice knickers to add to the collection. She was, I think, eradicating undies from a previous relationship. I think women tie sentimentality to objects like this.

The Collection - PANTIES - no.009 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#9 – Panties.
Red, tassled, Made In China, thong, Size Small. Another cheap China shop find under the Golden Acre in Adderly Street, Cape Town. Also never used for a shoot but mostly because they are terribly badly made and would unravel if actually tried on.

We discussed this pair briefly in studio and couldn’t quite decide what was intended with the lacey-non-gusset type area…
I bought them purely because they were a marvel. Somebody had to decide to manufacture this product in mass, somebody designed it and someone else decided to ship it to Cape Town… I think I paid R3 for them in 2005.

The Collection - PANTIES - no.010 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#10 – Panties.
Chiffon, pink/tan/brown ruffled Mr. Price bikini-cut panties. Size medium. About 7-8yrs ago these were on sale at Mr.Price for R9.99 and I bought about 6 pairs in differing sizes and shades. I don’t think I’ve ever shot with them but think they will have their moment of glory since they are just so great. They remind me a bit of Ellen Von Unwerth’s grainy early work in B&W.

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