11th August 2020:  Happy 19th Birthday Ivy Leaf

 

 

Nineteen years ago, my husband and I started to assemble the Ivy Leaf web-site and we are still at it. Can we get to 20 years? Who knows, the world is not the place it was half a year ago but we live in hope.

To celebrate this birthday, we made a daily insertion of some views that were common in the 50s and 60s but are hardly ever seen today and a mystery to a whole generation. Each day, the views changed.

The models all have featured in our calendars: Victoria, Moira, Doreen, Madeleine, Marjorie, Amy, Eileen and, of course, the late Lyn Locke.

 

14th August 2021

  

        

Marks and Spencer, Spirella, Camp and Warners are all represented here.

 

15th August 2021

When we engaged some younger models for the calendar shoots, we kept getting questions such as "Why do these elastic knickers have a zipper?" (Victoria, born in 1996 - bottom right) "What exactly is a corselette?" "Did women really wear these things?" In contrast, the models born around 1940 remembered wearing 'roll-ons' and one clearly remembered her mother being fitted for a girdle (Madeleine, born in 1936 - top right). Amy (born in 1944 - top left) loved her St. Michael satin girdle so much that she wanted to buy it.

   

Moira adjusts the suspender of her Spirelette 105.

 

16th August 2021

 

Victoria (far right) reveals a very 1960s problem. As skirt hems started to rise, there was always the chance that the long legs of your panty-girdle might make a sneak appearance. This was more of an American problem since the long-leg never caught on properly in Britain.

These pictures will be updated on a daily basis. You can access the previous day's pictures here.

 

17th August 2021

 

The incomparable Lyn Locke graces today's page wearing a quintessentially American panty-girdle, de rigueur in 1960s America. Back in Britain, some women were still wedded to their girdles and corsets.

Meanwhile Madeleine's satin camp has turned round to show off the front of this beautiful garment. Eileen and Marjorie enjoy the flattering embrace of their Spirella 305 corsets, but do not lace that black corset too tight; in the early 1980s, a defective batch of black satin caused some corsets to split under tension.

 

18th August 2021

 

 Top centre is a gorgeous, satin fan-lacer from Jenyns matched with a Spirella (UK) bra.

Top right is a rare Swedish Spirella girdle (concealed back-lacer) matched with a UK Spirella bra. See back view to the right.

   

  

Beware of diaphanous blouses. Victoria shows the outline of her bra (perfectly acceptable), but also the top of her panty-girdle (not acceptable).

 

19th August 2021

 

   

                                                                                                                                                                                                              All strapped in tight        tight      very tight                                                                                                                             Far, far too tight

                                                                                                                                                                                   Tight        almost immobile         tight (but very effective on the 90-year-old)

 

20th August 2021

And so it began to die in the 1970s. Slack, slack, slack, tired - polyester, crimplene and mildly elastic underpants.

 

 

 

The salesgirl dumps a load of corsets that she does not even understand.  Very pretty but early 60s.   The 70s equivalent is merely pretty and not a patch on the past.

Oh dear!    Given up hope.

       Is that your mother's dress?      Tired

 

... and by popular demand ...

Apologies to some of our favourite models that did not feature in the images above: Bunty, Cathie and the girdle model with the delightful smile, Patricia from Brabarella.

 

Patricia wears the standard panty-girdle beloved by 1960s Americana. Cathie tries on a 21-inch, 110 year-old Jenyns and a reproduction Axfords of the same size. Both were far too large for her! Meanwhile, Bunty wears a selection of corsets and girdles from Spirella and Hunkemöller.