Words can not describe how sensational this rare early 1940's Schiaparelli inspired surrealist 'Hands On' lingerie set is! When it comes to incorporating hands into fashion, the pioneer was Elsa Schiaparelli and her legacy in fashion is impossible to ignore. Her 1934 collection showed belts made from hands, a handbag with hand fasteners, a jacket decorated with a hand motif. Her interest in trompe de l'oeil and the subjects of surrealism continued throughout her work until she closed her eponymous house in 1954. An exclusive by Salem Stores in New York, this gorgeous look was most likely a United States licensing deal. Schiaparelli’s creations showed a shift in the roles of women of the time and the social revolution that inspired it. Her pieces were considered similar to modern canvases and works of art, and I can definitely see why. The seductive bra is made from a high-grade black lace over nude mesh with silk satin 'hands on' applique work. The same novelty hand is on the side of the matching high-waist panties! It is cut in that classic pin-up bombshell style- all curves and sexiness. For every woman, unique whimsical clothing is a fashion must-have. It's a style for all ages, simply because it exudes an undeniably youthful flair, and yet remains incredibly timeless. We added many pictures so you could appreciate this highly coveted, museum-quality slice of fashion history
Bra: best for a 32-34 A/B
Tap Pants: best for a 24-28 inch waist (due to elastic stretch)
This rare early 1940's two-piece lingerie set is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Black silk bra straps, narrow elastic with single metal hook in back links into metal grommets on other side. A wearable investment piece that will only increase in value.