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Chantal Thomass was crowned the “French lingerie queen” by Women’s Wear Daily – a title earned over a forty-year career in intimate apparel.1 In 1975, Thomass turned heads when she presented lingerie on the catwalk, audaciously offering romantic, nostalgic designs that opposed the prevailing style for practical undergarments.2
Thomass begins her design process by looking through her “archives,” a collection of vintage magazines, fabric samples, and undergarments that provide inspiration for her work.3 Her creations often possess what she calls the “over/under” quality – items that serve their function as underwear, but are also beautiful enough to seen as integral parts of an outerwear ensemble.4
1. Katie Weisman, “Undercurrents: Thomass’ Promises,” Women’s Wear Daily (August 1, 2004): 18.
3. Sylvie Richoux, Women’s Pleasures, Chantal Thomass: 30 Years of Creativity (Marseille: Images en Manoeuvres, 2001), 66.
4. Ibid., 177.