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The Collection: Panties & Bras
#80- #82

 (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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#80 – Bra
Black lace and stretch satin, padded bra from La Senza, 36C. This was a hand-me-down from a friend who bought this fab bra from La Senza. It incorporates a bit of

 

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#81 – Panties
Lumo-orange, Mr.Price g-string. This is part of a three pack (all lump shades).  They came out just after Hanky Panky launched in SA and I think they’re a bit of a rip off but very comfy fit.

 

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#82 – Bustier/Bra
Size small, CottonOn stretch bustier with lace back detail. This piece was bought for the Miss July Playmate shoot which was done in my studio…all the pieces were sourced pretty last minute as the shoot was scheduled so late!

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The Collection: Panties & Bras
#86- #89

 (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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#86 – Bra
Deep pink stretch satin, padded bra from LaSenza. A funky, fun piece, this bra was bought at La Senza. Its been used in a few shoots and used to have a big black satin bow attached to the cleavage area.

 

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#87 – Panties
Yellow cotton g-string with matching lace waist band. These were sourced and used in the Miss May Playmate shoot for Playboy in 2013.

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#88 – Panties
Black lace thong with beige detailing, from Womans Secret. These were bought for a Playboy shoot in 2013.

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#89 – Bra
French brand Allumette Lingerie, pink embroidered lace bra with underwire. This piece was a hand-me-down from a friend who bought the very expensive bra at a designer lingerie sale.

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The Collection: Panties and Lingerie Sets
#83- #85

 (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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#83 – Lingerie Set
Black, tasselled La Senza lingerie. These came from the once-apon-a-time La Senza sale shop. They’re a hard piece to work with in a shoot as the tassels need to be in order.

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#84 – Lingerie Set
Black mesh lingerie set with peek-a-boo cut and matching lace. These were bought at one of those underground Chinese shops about 10 years back. Totally ridiculous but kind of amazing. Vertically open cup top and totally open crotch knickers.

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#85 – Panties
Pink, white, orange and black animal print panties in chiffon from Mr.Price. I bought about 4-5 different pairs of these knickers on sale at Mr.Price for R9,00 about 8 years ago.

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The Collection: Panties & Bras
#77- #79

 (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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Panties for Playboy

#77 – Panties
Pink, size medium knickers with lace detail and mint bow. These were bought for the Playboy Playmate Miss July shoot in 2013 and were used for some of her very basic studio PR shots, they’re quite sweet with a ruched detail over the bum.

 

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#78 – Bra
Black final and mesh bra top with metal buckle detail. Surprisingly a La Senza piece. This was back wen they were being a bit more adventurous with there designs…

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#79 – Panties
Mr.Price, size medium black mesh, boy-cut panties with mauve dot print and bow. These were a gift and were added straight to the collection. A not-so-great cut, and an item thats never had any use.

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The Collection: Panties, Bras & Sets
#74- #76

 (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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#74 – Panties
Black La Senza Thong with diamante and bow details. These came from La Senza during their big sale shop days at Access Park. They’re a great pair and have been used in quite a few shoots.

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#75 – Bra
Black lace bustier bra from Woolworth, size 32B. This was bought and never used for the Playboy Playmate, Miss July shoot in 2012. Its not a great cut or fit which is probably why I never shot with it.

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#76 – Lingerie Set
Blue & white cotton lingerie set, MrPrice. A surprisingly cool lingerie set from Mr.Price, bought 9 years ago. They had the set n red as well which I also bought. Very roll-in-the-hay farm-girl looking set.

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The Collection: Panties, Bras & Sets
#71- #73

 (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 37 by Leah Hawker

#71 – Panties
Yellow lace, boy-short cut knickers. These were bought from Mr.Price specifically for the Miss May Playmate Shoot with Tersha Macwiya.

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#72 – Bra
Cream lace, underwire bra from La Senza, 34B. This beautiful and delicate bra came from the La Senza bridal range about 8 years ago. I’ve used it in a number a of shoots.

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#73 – Lingerie Set
Tassled, fuchsia pink lingerie set from La Senza. La Senza had a sale shop at Access Park in Cape Town for a number of years and this is where this piece and many others came from.

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The Collection: Panties, Bras & Sets
#68- #70

 (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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#68 – Panties
Size micro-tiny, white lace g-string with metallic blu, gold and pink details. These come from some international manufacturer who sent my partner (who owns and runs passionfruit.co.za) a whole bunch of samples. The knickers were not something they wanted to stock and the selection were given to me to use in shoots.

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#69 – Bra
Super padded pink underwire bra with satin and lace detailing in deep pink and black. This piece comes from CottonOn and was bought two years back for the Miss July Playmate shoot for Playboy SA. The bra was used specifically for the PR (meaning non-nude publishable) studio shots of Leonie Valentine.

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#70 – Lingerie Set
Size L, Rosemarie underwear set with floral print on cream lace. These were a gift from my sister and were added to the collection. They are a great 1970’s inspired cut and print.

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The Collection: Panties & Bras
#65- #67

 (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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#65 – Bra
Black lace underwire bra from La Senza, 34C. I bought this stunning piece at a La Senza sale about 9 years ago. They had a bridal range, all in cream and and duplicates in black. This is super delicate  favourite which I’ve used in a few shoots.
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#66 – Panties
Pale, luminous yellow, seamless thong, size medium. I bought these specifically for a “Housewife” shoot which I haven’t yet published…

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#67 – Bra/Bustier
White lace bustier with padding and underwire. I bought this piece at a Chinese shop surprisingly. At the time it was hard to find this cut in SA and I’ve used it in many shoots since. The included are just two examples.

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The Collection: Panties & Bra’s
#62- #64

 (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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#62 – Panties
Black satin and lace thong, size medium. These knickers were bought for a Playboy South Africa Shoot, Miss July 2013 I think, but never ended up making it into the shoot.

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#63 – Bra
Black lace, soft cup bra, size 36B. I almost forgot SheBear existed. This design is one of theirs. There’s a factory shop which sells lingerie in Woodstock, they stock brands like this one, Wonder Bra and Jockey for example. I bought this about 9 years ago and added it to the collection.

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#64 – Panties
Black lace string. These came from Pandoras Box, a vintage clothes shop that existed in Cape Town a long time ago. They’ve definitely had better days but I like them for their 70’s style cut and old lace textile.

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Found Article: In Search of the Perfect Bra

I loved the intro to this article! I tore the piece out of some British mag a long time ago. It must have been written in about 2004/5. I’ve transcribed the bits I thought were interesting, fun or unusual. The article is called “In Search of the Perfect Bra”, written by Daisy Garnett and mostly discusses how women both don’t wear the right fitting bras for their breasts and also how the image of wearing bras has changed over time, due to elements such as engineering and textile development as well as fashion.

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I know all about the perfect bra. I have owned it. To get it, I went to an atelier above a Paris lingerie shop- Alice Cadolle on the rue Cambon- three times over six weeks. I spent hours having fittings with the shop’s proprietor and bra designer, Poupie Cadolle, daughter of the shop’s founder, and great-great-great-grand-daughter of Hermione Cadolle, the woman widely credited with having invented the brassiere in the late nineteenth century. I waited a month for it to be designed, engineered, constructed and stitched together, and then went back to Paris to collect it. It cost over 400 Pounds, and it was worth every penny. I loved that bra- properly loved it- in the way other women love their engagement rings, say. It fitted me perfectly, made my breasts look better than they have or ever will, and helped me feel secure and together and cared for…

…Ah, cleavage. That signal of womanhood. The great, problematic signpost that draws the eye ever thither. “Babies see food. Men see sex. Doctors see disease. Business people see dollar signs,” writes Marilyn Yalom in her book The history of the Breast, adding, “Psychologists, religious leaders, advertisers and pornographers have rhapsodized over, vilified and used breasts to sell everything from war to Cadillacs. And, finally, women have seen in them pleasure, power, sustenance, fear or failure to measure up”…

…”breasts are even more individual than feet; changing hormone levels, the Pill, diet, and weight changes- all of these will affect your bust size. Really, we ought to be fitted every time we buy a bra”. Of course we should. But we don’t simply buy a bra to help hold up a large or small bust, because a bust in never just large or small. It is usually too large or too small, too oddly shaped or too floppily shaped. The fact is, our breasts- suddenly upon us in puberty, and even more quickly appropriated once we become mothers- are as connected to our psyche, sexuality and identity as they are to our chest, back and shoulders. No wonder so many of us are wearing the wrong size bra: getting the right one is not just a chore, it is fraught with having to face up to the specific reality of our breasts…
 
…[model] Erin [O’Conner] says, “It was no fun having my body at school.” And now? “Well,” she says, “people may talk about how bitchy the modeling industry is, but I found it helpful, because it was through modeling that I changed my self-image. I had to become more confident because suddenly people wanted to see every bit of my body. I became my own version of a woman. I discovered that I didn’t need tits and arse to be feminine… 
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…Marilyn Monroe, meanwhile, had buttons sewn into the nipples of her bras to achieve that pointy look; while in the Sixties, as in the Twenties, women deliberately flattened their breasts in order to loo fashionable.
But that is fashion. And fashion has always maintained a love-hate relationship with breast. It is, I am afraid to say, hard for us large-breasted women to carry off narrow tailoring, or to wear anything bias-cut, or made of chiffon or silk, not to mention a polo neck or tank atop. Look at any of the women who have graced the upper echelons of the well-dressed: Jackie Kennedy, Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Katharine Hepburn, Wallace Simpson, BiancaJagger, Marisa Berenson, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss. It is no coincidence that all of them are flat chested. Because being we’ll dressed isn’t, of course, only about the clothes you choose , but about the line your body creates, and bosoms ruin a chic line…
…”though the bra has been used to do everything from flattening the bust to projecting it skywards, it is not, in fact, a garment to be suspicious of, whatever your feelings towards feminism. Nor, for the record, was the bra ever burnt: the so-called bra-burning incident at the Miss America contests in Atlantic City in 1968 never, in fact, took place. The story, like many that have surrounded the breast, is pure myth. The truth is that despite what  it has been made to stand for, the bra is not a symbol, but a tool”.
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