Luxury lingerie is the star of the show for a handful of much-loved movies and TV programmes. Whether you’re looking to incorporate the kooky vintage glamour of the showgirls in Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge, copy the prim yet sexy aesthetic seen in 60s-set Mad Men’s costume department for lead characters Peggy Olsen and Betty Draper or emulate the less-than-innocent stylings of Bettie Page in burlesque biopic The Notorious Bettie Page, there’s a new luxury lingerie look out there for you. bazinga Classic noughties show (and now movie franchise) Sex and the City is another fantastic source of luxury lingerie inspiration on the small and silver screens, required watching for those looking to copy Carrie Bradshaw’s bang up-to-date look.
So, if you fancy trying out a new bedroom getup, or simply need ideas for an underwear drawer update, take a look at these top four picks for films and shows where the undergarment costume department gets top billing alongside the stars – and choose the style you’d love to channel…
Corsets, corsets and more corsets… Moulin Rouge is full of delectable showgirl outfits all centred around the corset, jazzed up to perfection with sequins, satin, lace and feathers. Wear with French knickers, fishnets and stilettos for the full Moulin Rouge swagger, or tone down the look with a gorgeously fitted simple black corset with eyelet fastenings down the front, a la Nicole Kidman’s most famous outfit in the movie.
The 60s-inspired Mad Men look is all about ultra-feminine styles: think white lace and silk slips, body-shaping basques or corsets and tan stockings. Alternately, pick up a white or black bullet bra – a bra with stiff, pointed cups – and give it a modern twist by wearing as outerwear under a sheer top.
Sex and the City
Sex and the City’s styling encapsulates contemporary-cool, unfussy yet sexy luxury lingerie. Channel Miranda, Carrie et al with demi-cup bra and briefs sets a shade brighter or in a print louder than you’d usually go – even if it’s only you that sees it, you’re guaranteed to feel that little bit sexier and more confidant throughout the day.
The Notorious Bettie Page
Whether you’re a saucy Bettie Page type already, or more an innocent Betty Sue, anyone can draw underwear inspiration from this gorgeous biographical flick which showcases the stylings of the foremost 40s pin-up star. Match a bandeau-style strapless black bar with satin-panel high-waister briefs, back-seamed stockings and suspenders, and you can’t help but stun.
Imogen Croft is a copywriter and online marketer who loves her luxury lingerie. From swimwear and stockings to basques and playsuits, it’s a passion as much as a profession. (For more luxury lingerie ideas for autumn and winter see: