News, Reviews — October 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm

These Couture Knickers Will Take Your Breath Away: A Look Back at Strumpet & Pink

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Founded in 2002 by artists Melanie Prober and Lisa Z. Morgan, British label Strumpet & Pink captured the lingerie world’s imagination with gloriously provocative knickers made from exquisite materials like silk chiffon, antique lace, and crocheted mohair.

Oftentimes, underwear is viewed through a purely practical lens. For obvious reasons, people want to know how their knickers will stand up to all day wear, machine washing, and the various and assorted indignities of the tumble dryer. Yet Strumpet & Pink’s undergarments were wholly unconcerned with such mundane details. This is quite literally underwear as art.

Textural, conceptual, and thoroughly sensual, Strumpet & Pink’s lingerie was meant to be seen, to even be the centerpiece of an ensemble – an inversion of the norms surrounding lingerie. With fanciful names such as “Pussy Willow,” “Key Lime Pie,” and “Lady Hume’s Blush,” the label also showed that couture doesn’t have to take itself too seriously.

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While I never managed to purchase a pair for myself (at $1470 for the high-waist, antique lace “Private Function” knickers or $1350 for the high-waist pink knit “Mimi Gone High and Fluffy” pair, I’m afraid they were permanently out of reach), I do miss Strumpet & Pink’s creativity, sense of playfulness, and willingness to push the boundaries of what intimates could be. The world of luxury lingerie is a little less luminous without their presence, and I imagine we’ll never see another label like them again.

Do any readers of The Lingerie Addict remember Strumpet & Pink? If so, what did you think of them? And if any of you actually managed to buy a pair, you absolutely must leave a review in the comments! I’m begging you.

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6 Comments

  1. Karolina says:

    October 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Strumpet & Pink were truly phenomenal and their work is still endlessly inspiring. Sadly one of the designers, Melanie Probert, passed away around a year ago: https://thepinkinvestigator.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/rest-in-beauty-mel-3rd-october-2015.html

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  2. Cora says:

    October 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing this update. I had no idea about this, and I’m so sorry to hear one of the designers has passed away. May she rest in peace.

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  3. Meredith says:

    October 7, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    The first time I saw Strumpet and Pink was the first time I started getting interested in lingerie. I’ve always loved clothes and fashion, but they introduced me to the idea that lingerie could also be beautiful, fanciful, artful, magical, all the things I loved about fashion, where before that I’d either thought of it as practical or sexy, neither of which I was terribly interested in at the time. I’ve never loved a lingerie brand more.

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  4. Cora says:

    October 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Yes. All of this. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. miss g says:

    October 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I agree that Strumpet & Pink struck a very special chord in the land of lingerie. I didn’t care about practicality or wearability when I saw their work, I just purely and endlessly craved. I think my first exposure to them was probably through La Petite Coquette (UK based blogger) and it was love at first sight. I have always loved fashion and costume history, and grew up doing ballet, and their work resonated for me. I think S&P embraced a fantastic sense of theater, craft, and costume construction and history which is incredibly rare and can only come from a deep love of fashion and costume and of course, a woman’s body. I think the fact that they embraced more than one aspect (frequently showing the love for our backsides, embracing them, decorating them, providing erotic pathways to them) of our anatomy was a liberating aspect of their designs. I found their work hyper sensual, inventive and playful. I have always wanted to have Mimi and Ming Vase and a few others but could never shore up the bank account enough.

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  6. Judith says:

    October 23, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Beautiful words beautifully put. I love the feel of lingerie; something I wear as much as the circumstance allows Miss G. ????

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