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The Collection: Stockings & Socks
#25- #27

 (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 -STOCKINGS & SOCKS - no. 025 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#25 – Stockings
Pure wool, indigo stay-up stockings with matching lace trim. These goodies were a gift from the friend who is actually modelling them in this shot for me. She bought them while on a road trip to Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Typical of stay ups, the latex grip which lies on the inside of the lace trim is almost always too tight and squeezes the thigh fat of almost every girl resulting in manipulation via photoshop to return the leg to its normal shape.

 

The Collection -STOCKINGS & SOCKS - no. 026 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

Lingerie & stockings by Leah Hawker

#26 – Stockings
Leopard print stockings, size small-medium. I think I bought these at a stocking factory shop in Woodstock about 7 years back. I’ve only shot with them once which was a for a test shoot with Anthea of 20Management. They’re almost totally opaque and have no visible gusset reinforcement which makes them appear like one smooth skin.

The Collection -STOCKINGS & SOCKS - no. 027 Catalogued for TheSofterSex
#27 – 
Stockings
Black, semi-sheer stockings with design and bow trims. Size medium-large. I bought these beauties in Marks ‘n Sparks in Paris in 2013 while shopping for lingerie with a client and friend. They have a semi-opaque design which makes out a thong, suspender belt and thigh-high stockings, resplendent with bow embellishments at the point where the suspender clips would attache to the stockings.

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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).

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 021 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

 

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.

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 022 Catalogued for TheSofterSex
#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).

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 018 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

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.

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 019 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#19 – Panties
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.

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 016 Catalogued for TheSofterSex
#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.

The Collection -PANTIES - no. 017 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

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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