Garden of Delights Knickers by Strumpet & Pink

Garden of Delights Knickers by Strumpet & Pink, 2008, UK Photography by Tigz Rice Studios. From The Underpinnings Museum collection.

Date: c. 2008

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Silk

Brand: Strumpet & Pink

These knickers combine luxurious construction techniques with erotically charged design; a garment unconcerned with function and practical design. Rising to the natural waist, the knickers have an exterior and lining of silk satin, with elastication at the waist and legs concealed within. The rear of the knickers opens to a row of functional silk covered buttons and accompanying loops, leading to an extravagant silk flower. The flower embellishment is constructed from hand cut and sewn petals in a range of different silk weaves and colours with hand knotted embroidery floss ‘stamens’, offering textural and tonal intrigue. The raw edges of the petals would allow the knicker to evolve through wear, gradually fraying and changing in shape, echoing the natural variance of real flowers.

Strumpet & Pink styles were originally either made to order or created in limited quantities for a small number of stockists with price tags at the far high end of the lingerie market. This particular colourway of the ‘Garden of Delights’ style is one of only potentially two ever created.

A collaboration between Fine Artists Melanie Probert and Lisa Z. Morgan,Strumpet & Pink was their quest to create the perfect pair of knickers. A radical approach to underwear saw the pair experiment with luxurious textiles and details that the lingerie world had not seen before, creating couture, erotically charged wearable art. Sadly Melanie Probert passed away in 2015. Lisa Z. Morgan continue to create Art, which can be followed on her blog ‘The Pink Investigator’. An archive of the brand’s design work can still be viewed on its website.

From the collection of The Underpinnings Museum