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Celebrating the Women Who Revolutionized Lingerie (For Women's History Month & Every Day!)

Carol Coehlo blue floral bodysuit under a flowing blue tulle glamour robe

This Women's History Month, let's raise a glass (or a perfectly supportive underwire) to the trailblazers who redefined what lingerie could be. These women were as much about donning frilly confections as they were comfort, empowerment, and self-expression, using their creativity and influence to change our life as we know it, one stitch at a time.

From Corsets to Comfort: The Pioneering Ladies

The story starts in ancient times, but we will begin with Herminie Cadolle, a 19th-century French corset maker who dared to imagine a more comfortable undergarment. The French designer is credited with inventing a two-piece undergarment, which she originally called the corselet gorge. Inspired by dancer Isadora Duncan's flowing garments, Cadolle created a supportive, separate undergarment that liberated women from the confines of the corset. Enter Marie Tucek, the designer credited with inventing a version of the modern bra in the latter half of the 19th century. And culminating with Mary Phelps Jacobs in 1914 receiving a patent in America for her modern bra design. Since then, bra shapes, styles and materials have evolved through the decades with some eras choosing to chuck bras all together!

Modern Muses: Designers Pushing Boundaries

Fast forward to today, and the lingerie landscape is a vibrant tapestry of talented female designers. Carol Coehlo, known for her luxurious, sustainable lingerie, empowers women to embrace their bodies without compromise. Woman-led niche brands like Ewa Michalak, Samanta, and Kris Line are taking personalization and inclusivity to new heights, catering to diverse body shapes and styles.

Beyond the Boudoir: Actresses and Musicians Leading the Charge

The influence extends beyond designers. Actresses and musicians have used their platforms to celebrate individuality and embrace bold lingerie choices. Bridgette Bardot influenced and inspired an entire era of fashion that we still look to for inspiration. Think Charo with her iconic sparkling bodysuits, Dolly Parton's rhinestone-studded bustiers, and Raquel Welch's unforgettable fur bikini in "One Million Years B.C." Madonna shattered boundaries with her lace-and-leather ensembles, while Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis continue to inspire with their ageless confidence and lingerie choices.

Lingerie: More Than Just Underwear

These women, both past and present, remind us that lingerie is more than just undergarments – it's a powerful tool for self-expression, comfort, health, and confidence. It's about celebrating our bodies, defying expectations, and rewriting the rules. So, this Women's History Month, raise a toast to the icons who dared to be different, and embrace the lingerie that makes you feel like the most powerful version of yourself.

Ready to explore your own lingerie revolution? Shop The Perky Lady online or visit us in-store.  Our expert bra fitters will guide you towards pieces that celebrate your unique style and empower you to feel confident and beautiful, every day.

P.S. Don't forget to explore our website for expert bra tips and engage with us on Instagram and TikTok for more inspiration!

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