'Platinum' Ruffle Brief By Rigby & Peller

'Platinum' Ruffle Brief by Rigby & Peller, c. 2009, UK. The Underpinnings Museum shot by Tigz Rice Studios 2017

Date:  2009

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Nylon/silk/elastane blend

Brand: Rigby & Peller


These knickers were made as part of a capsule collection designed to celebrate British heritage bra fitter and retailer Rigby & Peller. The range was called ‘Platinum’ and included a matching circle-stitched bullet bra, with the designs being apparently inspired by popular 1950s silhouettes. The knickers originally retailed for £89.95. Only 150 sets were made of these designs, which were sold through Rigby & Peller’s retail stores and online shop.

The knickers are made of a heavy-weight stretch nylon, rising to the natural waist and with a low legline. The knickers have a very sturdy construction, with heavy weight plush elastics used at the waist and legline, offering a smoothing and shaping effect. 4 rows of decorative ruffles extend from the side seams across the centre back, with babylocked raw edges further emphasizing the ruffled effect.

Rigby & Peller was founded in 1939 by Gita Peller (a Jewish Hungarian refugee) and Bertha Rigby (an English corsetiere), when they opened their first store in London’s West End on South Molton Street. The stores held the British Royal Warrant of Appointment and provided underpinnings for the Queen and other members of the royal family between 1960-2017. The company is renowned for its stringent approach to bra fitting.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska