'Chocolate Box' Pleated Satin Bra & Knicker Set By Miss Lala Presents

'Chocolate Box' Pleated Satin Bra & Knicker Set By Miss Lala Presents, 2008, Made in China, Designed in the UK. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2008

Origin: Made in China, designed in the UK

Fabric: Polyester satin

Brand: Miss Lala Presents


A bra and knicker set inspired by mid-century chocolate boxes and their lavishly pleated satin covers. This was one of the most popular designs released by the ‘Miss Lala Presents’ brand and it was available in a wide range of colourways and prints. The balconette bra has pleated satin outer cups with a satin bow at the right cup apex. The knickers are mid-rise and have a pleated satin heart panel at the rear. Both pieces are lined in a contrasting turquoise satin.

The brand initially began as a lingerie boutique stocking other labels; ‘Miss Lala’s Boudoir’ first opened in Primrose Hill, London, c. 2003, with a second boutique later opening in Covent Garden. Founder Fine Rees (a Danish-English former actress) named the venture for her time spend in LA (colloquially known as Lalaland), where she studied and worked for several years. The boutique was renowned for its boudoir chic and old Hollywood glamour aesthetics.

The boutique was incredibly successful and quickly attracted a loyal clientele that included numerous celebrities. A few years after opening,  Fine worked with The Stirling Group (a now defunct lingerie manufacturer) to create the line ‘Miss Lala Presents’. The brand quickly became renowned for its lavish and playful designs, with details such as silk linings and oversized bows featuring heavily. Within a short time, Miss Lala Presents had acquired an impressive roster of stockists, including Harrods and Selfridges department stores in London.

The boutique closed its doors in 2010 due to the declining health of its founder Fine, who was left disabled following a diagnosis of Late Stage Lyme Disease. The remaining stock from Miss Lala Presents is listed on the brand’s website.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2018-010


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