Bodice Ripper (lingerie)

Photo: Starz King Louis XV and Claire Fraser, a still from Outlander

Racked: Why We Still Call Them Bodice Rippers

bodice ( /ˈbɒdɪs/) is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist. In modern usage it typically refers to a specific type of upper garment common in Europe during the 16th to the 18th century, or to the upper part of a modern dress to distinguish it from the skirt and sleeves. The term comes from pair of bodies (because the garment was originally made in two pieces that fastened together, often by lacing) of matching or coordinated fabric, possibly with embroidery or beadwork.

This construction was standard for fashionable garments from the 18th century until the late 19th century, and had the advantages of allowing a voluminous skirt to be paired with a close-fitting bodice, and of allowing two or more bodices to be worn with the same skirt (e.g., a high-necked bodice and a low-necked bodice allowed the same skirt to serve for both day wear and evening wear). One-piece construction became more common after 1900 due to the trend for looser, more simply constructed clothing with narrower skirts.

One mid-19th-century style included the Agnes Sorel bodice, named after 15th-century royal mistress Agnes Sorel. This style was a day wear bodice, with a square-cut neckline that had a high front and back and bishop sleeves.

In current usage, bodice typically refers to an upper garment that has removable sleeves or no sleeves, often low-cut, It’s the type of bodice worn in Europe from the 16th century to the 18th century, either over a corset or in lieu of one. To make a fashionable shape and support the bust, the bodice was often stiffened with bents (a type of reed), or whalebone. The bodice was different from the corset of the time because it was intended to be worn over the other garments.

Bodices survive into modern times in the traditional or revived folk dress of many European countries (see, such as, Austrian dirndl or the Aboyne dress worn by Scottish highland dancers). They are also commonly seen today at Society for Creative Anachronism events or a Renaissance Fair.


What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?

A sexually explicit romantic novel; usually in a historical setting and always with a plot involving the seduction of the heroine.

What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?

These books owe much in style to the work of English romantic novelists like Jane Austen and Emily Bronte. Nevertheless, the term itself is American. The first note in print is from The New York Times, December 1980:

“Women too have their pornography: Harlequin romances, novels of ‘sweet savagery,’ – bodice-rippers.”

It soon caught on and appears many times in the US press from that date onward. Here’s an early example, in a story about [then] emerging novelist, Danielle Steel, from the Syracuse Herald Journal, New York, 1983:

“I think of romance novels as kind of bodice rippers, Steel says.”

The genre is commercially highly successful, but isn’t taken seriously by most literary critics. Most examples are judged by more base criteria than the classic works of Austen or the Brontes. Bodice rippers are strictly formulaic and the plot usually involves a vulnerable heroine faced with a richer and more powerful male character, whom she initially dislikes. Later, she succumbs to lust and falls into his arms. The formula requires the books to be fat ‘page turner’, that is, a plot device, usually a seduction scene, must happen at frequent intervals. Depending on the author or publishing house style, the principal characters must marry. It is almost obligatory for the cover picture to show the swooning, ample-bosomed heroine.

Thank you to Wikipedia, Phrases.org. uk, etc.

Cha Cha Cha – a break from the Holidays

Impero London Swarovski Crystal & Black Leather Luxury Hestia Collar Choker 270 BPD (click photo to buy)

dievca is looking for a presentation outfit for Master and she is burned out by the Holidays (yes…already). The song above inspired an outfit. Should be fun to wear for your Sir or Madame to change it up.

Norma Kamali Fringe Shorts

Black Fringe Burlesque Bra

Red Satin Gloves

Black Sheer Cuban Heel Stay-up Stockings

Christian Louboutin Black Patent Leather Stiletto

Big Hair (it’s finally longer)
Cat Eyes and Mascara (Black)
Red Lips (Mac Russian Red)
Black Spinel Oxidized Silver Stud Earrings

Now to hit youtube to review the Cha-Cha-Cha moves!


And a little bit of Wind – whee!


A little bit of Give – Velvet with Aquazzura

Dealing with muscular thighs makes finding “Thigh-Hi and OTK Boots a Challenge…”
Why would dievca want them?
she has a memory from University days of a floormate from NYC with a stunning pair of black thigh-hi boots in black leather (mid-1980’s) Those boots have sat in her memory banks forever.
dievca did get a pair of Alaia black boots that worked, but the wedge isn’t quite “in” anymore…
dievca tried the Stuart Weitzman Highland Suede Boots and there wasn’t enough give….

VELVET ESSENCE by AQUAZZURA MIGHT BE THE ANSWER

Soft to the touch, stretchy and sexy.

A lovely option for presenting in black lingerie or a black dress.

Aquazzura Thigh-Hi Velvet Essence Boot in Cranberry. dievca’s choice.


soubrette (lingerie)

The sexy French Maid costume, the “soubrette” in France, is a form of ladies’ fantasy wear. One of the more popular costumes used as lingerie.

During the XIXth century, housemaids who served in wealthy French families wore simple, black-and-white afternoon uniforms.

Boys will be boys – and there were maids whose role wasn’t limited to keeping the house clean. Occasional sexual intercourse, discreet affairs, or even sexual harassment were a part of the deal in houses where the “Monsieur” was eager to use his power to satisfy his sexual appetite…

As the XIXth century developed many theatrical productions, especially in Paris, Maids were often portrayed in plays. A la ville comme à la scène, they had a stereotypical role in … bedrooms farces…

Nowadays, the design of the French maid dress can range widely, but seems to have several common traits :

  • A black with white trim one-piece dress with a full skirt at or above knee-length.
  • White half-apron, usually with ruffle or lace
  • A ruffled or lace headpiece
  • Long stockings or tights (nude or black)
  • High heels
  • Feather-duster
  • White lace garter

The costume is strongly eroticized- often used in cosplay, as a fetish, foreplay and BDSM.

Nevertheless, even if its use is recreational, it still bears the original old-fashioned idea of sexual domination. The costume keeps on having a scandalous aura, historically involving a strong man dominating a woman…

The idea of a French Maid intent on her cleaning of a personal space with a feather duster being grabbed from behind for a little anal sex comes to mind…

Marilyn Monroe in a french maid dress she wore in “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

A Thank You to Anne Marquet on Quora.

Bringing Sexy Back: A submissive goes “Old School” with Cuban Heel Stockings — Retro Chic (repost)

Cuban-Heel-Stockings

Retro 1950’s Cuban Heel Stockings

“Got your 6”

Seamed stockings are completely intriguing.

Add a stitched Cuban Heel and we are off to the races.

You can wear them in nude as a subtle hint of sexiness or wear them in black to make a statement.

Wear them any way you want, but wear them.

Bringing Sexy Back

Your Master will be appreciative.  

dievca knows. “Wink wink nudge nudge. Say no more, say no more.”

From Oct. 8th, 2013


Causing a Stir: Sweater Girls (repost)

LOOK HOW SEXY!
The term Sweater Girl was made popular in the 1940s and 1950s to describe Hollywood actresses who adopted the popular fashion of wearing tight sweaters over a cone- or bullet-shaped bra that emphasized the woman’s bust line.

dievca’s additions to her wardrobe (photos below)
to answer the dual call of being a “Sweater Girl”
and the fashion trend of turtlenecks for this Autumn/Winter.

(Now she just needs a cone/bullet shaped bra…What Katy Did…Oh, My!)

Francine Gottfried Sweater Girl 1968Francine Gottfried (born 1947) was an unknown clerical worker who suddenly became an international celebrity when large groups of men began to mob her on her way to work for two weeks in September 1968. Newspapers dubbed her “Wall Street’s Sweater Girl” as her curvaceous figure seemed to be the sole reason that crowds formed spontaneously around her when she appeared in the financial district.

Gottfried first started working in the financial district on May 27, 1968. By late August, a small band of girl watchers had noticed her, and that she always followed the same route. They timed her daily arrival and started spreading the word to their colleagues and co-workers. For three weeks, the band of gawkers grew exponentially larger until on September 18 there were 2,000 people waiting for her.

By this point the crowd itself had become the phenomenon drawing the crowd, and the following day, September 19, over 5,000 financial district employees downed tools, left work and poured into the streets at 1:15 pm to watch the 5-foot 3-inch brunette exit the BMT station clad in a tight yellow sweater and miniskirt and walk to her job at the Chemical Bank New York Trust Company’s downtown data processing center. Police closed the streets and escorted her through the mob, which damaged three cars as men climbed on their roofs to gain a better view. Stockbrokers and bankers leaned out of windows overlooking Wall Street to watch as trading came to a virtual halt. “Ticker tapes went untended and dignified brokers ran amok,” wrote New York magazine. Photographers from all the daily papers and Life, Time, and New York snapped her picture. “A Bust Panics Wall Street As The Tape Reads 43” read a headline in the Daily News.

The following day, Friday, September 20, the corner of Wall and Broad was jammed with 10,000 spectators and press who waited for Gottfried in vain. Her boss had called and asked her to stay home to put a stop to the disturbances. A nice Jewish girl who lived at home with her parents in Williamsburg, she wasn’t seeking notoriety and started taking a different route to work. “I think they’re all crazy,” she was quoted as saying. “What are they doing this for? I’m just an ordinary girl.” After that, the Francine mania on Wall Street quickly subsided, and she eventually left her $92.50 a week job as an IBM 1260 keypunch operator to become a go-go dancer.

from Wikipedia

dievca’s addition to her wardrobe from MYHABIT
(Cashmere Addiction: $69.00 each):

Cashmere Addiction Aquavit Turtleneck Sweater $69 Cashmere Addiction Blue Crewneck Sweater $69 Cashmere Addiction Black Turtleneck Sweater $69

From Sept. 27th, 2015