'Caught In Charlotte's Web' Lingerie Set By Charlotte Olympia For Agent Provocateur

'Caught In Charlotte's Web' Lingerie Set By Charlotte Olympia For Agent Provocateur, 2016, UK. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice,

Date: 2016

Origin: UK

Fabric: Embroidered tulle, silk satin

Brand: Charlotte Olympia for Agent Provocateur

 

A lingerie set crafted from a spiderweb patterned tulle, embroidered in metallic lurex threads. The garment silhouettes are reminiscent of 1950s underpinnings, with full coverage bra cups and high waisted briefs. The set is trimmed with jet silk, with binding along the bra neckline and an angular panel at the centre front of the briefs. Decadent golden spider charms are set with jet Swarovski crystals, and embellish the set at the bra gore and on each of the four detachable suspender straps on the brief. Originally the bra retailed for £295, and the coordinating briefs for £395.

The ‘Caught In Charlotte’s Web’ set was released as part of a collaboration between lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, and shoe brand Charlotte Olympia. The labels had previously collaborated on a set of two shoe designs in 2012, but this was the first range to include lingerie. The collection included three lingerie sets, with three complimenting shoe designs, showcasing classic Charlotte Olympia motifs such as cats and leopard print.

Agent Provocateur was founded as a luxury lingerie retailer and brand in 1994 by Serena Rees and Joseph Corré, with the first store opened on Broadwick Street in Soho, London, UK. The brand became renowned for its provocative and daring designs and advertising strategies. The label often used celebrity models, and many early campaigns focused on women’s sexualities performed for their own pleasures, rather than the typical male gaze.

The brand was sold to investment firm 3i in 2007. The company faced financial difficulties and entered financial administration in 2017, to be later sold to Four Holdings.

 

From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2022-041

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