Satin & Lace High Leg Slip By Janet Reger

Date: c. 1970s

Origin: United Kingdom

Fabric: Polyester satin, leavers lace

Brand: Janet Reger

 

A high-cut slip in pale pink polyester satin. Ecru leavers lace overlays the bust with a scalloped edge neckline, with gathered lace trimming the skirt’s hem. Satin bows trim the centre front and bust apexes.

The eponymous brand was originally founded in 1967 following the designer’s studies at the world renowned Contour Fashion course at what is now De Montfort University.  The business began with with wholesale trade before launching a successful mail order catalogue and then opening her first shop on Southwick Street, London, in the early 1970s. Following a move to the more upmarket Beauchamp Place in Knightsbridge, Reger continued to look for a location that would attract wealthy clients in greater numbers and, in February 1978, unveiled her new boutique at 12 New Bond Street (Reger & Flack, 1991).

Themed sections in the mail order catalogues from around this time focus on particular fabrics that evoke luxury – e.g. silk, French lace, and satin – but the exact fibre composition of the satin fabric was never specified. Her designs revolutionised public perception of what lingerie could be, turning them into fashion statements rather than purely functional undergarments, receiving much criticism at the time. Janet Reger passed away in 2005, but the brand continues to be run by her daughter Aliza Reger.

 

From the collection of The Underpinnings Museum

Museum number: UM-2017-040

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