From lingerie

[Exhibition] Undressed: the history of underwear at the Bendigo Art Gallery

A new fashion exhibition from London’s Victoria and Albert museum has opened at the Bendigo Art Gallery. From the website: The role of underwear in fashion is pivotal. The majestic shapes of 18th century court dress, the distorted hourglass shapes of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and Dior’s cinched ‘New Look’ were all dependent upon elaborate corsetry, technologically complex petticoats, hoops, and padded underpinnings. It is only since the 1960s that women have been expected to embody the fashionable ideal by way of diet and exercise and without the aid of foundation garments, so understanding underwear is fundamental to our…

Final week of the webshop sale – Kiss Me Deadly lingerie reduced to clear

Hi all, I’ve extended the webshop sale until the end of this week, so it’s your last chance to grab some treasures at greatly reduced prices. Also included now are all the Kiss Me Deadly swimwear and the Amelie lingerie set: reduced to clear, as this will be your last chance to purchase these styles through Circa. All are available for trying on at the salon. You can see some of the styles here – click on the image to see our Kiss Me Deadly department. Limited sizes and stock available. I’ll also be further reducing vintage clothing during the…

Vintage stockings and pantyhose

This month we’ve been listing lots of new accessories to the webshop – and I’ve added a link to the blog and the webshop so you can see the new listings on Facebook – a downside of having over a thousand products available online, it’s hard to see what’s new. Vintage hosiery is a topic close to my heart: like Dita it was lingerie that first summoned me into vintage and I bought my first seamed stockings and garter belt aged fourteen. I thought you might like a short history on the subject. Hosiery goes way back in fashion history,…

New Kiss Me Deadly lingerie and swimwear

I’m pleased to report that we’ve expanded our Kiss Me Deadly lingerie and swimwear range – KMD has just won Favourite British Designer in the UK Lingerie Awards 2012. Well done to Catherine and her team: very well deserved! We love your vintage inspired lingerie. Please visit our new Kiss Me Deadly department – all styles are available either online or for fitting in the city salon, in a large range of sizes. We’ve also replenished our supplies of number one best seller, the Vargas Dress – available now in almost every size – while they last.

LMFF – Dita von Teese fashion parade for Target

Part two of my wonderful day with Christine McCabe – you can see part one here. After our wonderful shopping and afternoon tea of a day, Christine and I headed off to see Dita von Teese’s fashion parade for her new line of lingerie at Target, “Von Follies” as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. We had prime seats: centre front row! So you can imagine how excited I was when Dita sashayed out in her scanties, and posed right in front of us and started to remove her peignoir…. She was teasing of course – she continued her…

A fan-laced corset for Claire

Recently I received a request from one of my favourite fashion bloggers: Claire aka Harbourmaster: did we have any fan-laced corsets that she could look at? It took a little while, but eventually we found this one, hidden amongst my corset collection. We’re currently setting up an online shop for Circa, and this had been photographed for listing, but alas, between me emailing Claire to invite her to see it, and that information being relayed to the shop, one of my glamourous assistants had already sold it – so the good news is that it’s found a good home and…

10% off at Sewing Machine Girl’s shop

Gayle (aka sewing machine girl) is a Brisbane costumier and fellow Vintage Fashion Guild member who trades on Etsy. She specialises in brand new vintage, complete with tags attached, and over the years I’ve gone to her for lingerie, as it’s hard to find in pristine condition. She’s currently offering a nice 10% discount to Circa readers, off her already very reasonably priced vintage. All you have to do is mention Circa and the code words “Rose Seidler House” when you buy the item. Do not proceed to checkout as Gayle will send you an invoice with the discount! Here…

Kiss Me Deadly seamed stockings

A new product line has arrived – pure nylon black seamed stockings from UK company Kiss Me Deadly. These are similar to original vintage stockings, and have little stretch – so are available in five sizes, three of which are currently in stock (sizes 1, 3 and 4). Stocking-loving ladies, if you’d like to pop in and tell us what you think of them, it will encourage me to order more and (when they’re available) stock the full range of sizes. The stockings go particularly well with the Van Doren suspender belt, available at Circa in black or white –…

Kiss Me Deadly – lingerie for femme fatales

We’re slowly expanding our Kiss Me Deadly range of beautiful vintage-inspired lingerie. Just in – more of the gorgeous and popular black six strap garter belt. Six straps to hold your seams nice and straight – you’ll find them strong and comfortable and wonder how you ever got by without one. Available in small, medium, large and extra large for $68. New to Circa we now have black Alouette waist cinchers in small, medium and large ($120) and a small number of Vargas Girdle dresses ($145). Catherine from KMD tells me that we’re currently the only retailer in Australia stocking…

Slip into a petticoat

The way we wear clothes has changed a lot in the last few decades, in particular with regards to underwear and accessories – the overall casualisation of clothing isn’t always a good thing, I think. Vintage clothes were designed to look their best with vintage foundation garments – these days, you don’t have to strap yourself into corsetry, suspender belts or girdles unless you want to, but we can all benefit from the goodness that is a decent petticoat. Our grandmothers understood it well: a nice petticoat will make your clothing fit and look better as well as add to…