I have long had a fascination with the origins of lingerie in its various forms. In fact in my 2nd year of Uni I practically wrote a book on the subject. We had to write an essay on The History of the Corset. In typical me styley I got a little carried away and wrote an essay that was around 2″ thick when bound. I felt a little bad for the tutor who had to read it! So to indulge my inner geek I thought I would share some knowledge with you about the origins of the Peignoir.
The origins of the peignoir come from the French word “peigner” to comb the hair; a garment worn whilst brushing ones hair. Isn’t that just lovely! A special garment to don just for the few seconds (or hours I suppose if you are brushing out pin curls) that a woman brushes her hair. They were worn typically whilst women groomed, whether it be brushing their hair, removing or applying make-up, getting ready for bed or to go out somewhere and whilst getting in and out of the bath or shower. These tasks traditionally take place in the bedroom so the peignoir has quite a romantic or even saucy connotation to them.
Peignoir’s are usually an ecompanient to a nightgown, babydoll or negligee. Some of the designer sets were also sold with matching sheer long elbow length gloves and stockings made of the same fabric. These sets were intended for occasions where the wearer may be seen in her night clothes, or even just to wear in bed. Stockings in bed?!?! I’m not sure how comfortable that would be!
These days the peignoir is synonymous with the pin-up paintings of Gil Elvgren; depicting an outer garment that is usually about knee length, or even longer, has sleeves and is made of a sheer fabric such as chiffon or georgette.
Having researched into the peignoir it has struck me what a great little garment it is. Do you often drop foundation into your lap when getting ready to get out, or get hair all over the place? Well you shall no longer have that problem!
The Solution? I suppose I have already designed a peignoir without realising it – The Nell Robe. But I’m not sure I would want to drop make-up down mine. It does fit the description though: a cover up to wear whilst preening, semi sheer fabric (lace sections) and floor length. But to me a peignoir should be shorter and flirtier, like those of the 50’s/60’s Gil Elvgren pictures. So to answer this I designed the Tempest Bed Jacket.
It is technically a peignoir, only bed jacket is easier for people to pronounce ;-). A cutsie little cover up that is fun and flirty but not as expensive as the Nell, so you can drop hair and make-up down it to your hearts content. (The Bed Jacket is £45)
This item, along with the accompanying Babydoll and Briefs are now available to Pre Order from my website here. I am due them in mid October and anticipate to post them out the last weeks of October, all being well. So go on and treat yourself!!! Once again get yours over on my website.