Lingerie in TV and Movies: SATC Edition
Hollywood has largely influenced trends of fashion since its earliest movies were released. The first film using Technicolor, The Wizard of Oz, has inspired millions of people. Its influence on pop culture and fashion is unparalleled, setting runway trends (Chanel, Prada, and Celine Spring 2013 collection) and inspiring multiple retellings (The Wiz, Wicked, Oz: The Great and Powerful). So what are some influences that Hollywood has had on the lingerie and boudoir industries? We start our exploration with everyone’s favorite New York City natives, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda.
In 2017, Vogue Magazine wrote an article entitled, “16 Lingerie Looks Inspired by Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha”, where it asks the question, “Which Sex And The City Woman Are You When It Comes To Your Lingerie?”. There is definitely nothing more iconic than a Carrie Bradshaw inspired look, and throughout the article it links multiple lingerie sets from some of the world's most renowned fashion brands in comparison. Brands such as Moda Operandi, Fleur du Mal, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana, Agent Provocateur and more! From whips and lace to nightgowns and satin, the women of SATC largely inspire the women of America (or anyone that reads Vogue) to follow in their footsteps.
Vogue writes of the influence SATC has had on society and the trends formed from it, “The series gave us Carrie in a feathered pink nightie (chosen by Samantha) for her book-cover shoot, as well as Miranda stumbling around her apartment after a one-night stand in a pretty green robe, crimson bra, and gold choker necklace. True to form, Charlotte tended to pair her elegant slips and lacy underwear with her signature pearls and perfect coif. If there was an MVP of lingerie dressing on the show, it was undoubtedly Samantha, who had no qualms about exposing her undergarments on the street to greet a doorman or at home while seducing Smith Jerrod. The distinct personalities of the SATC ladies were highlighted and expressed not only by their striking ensembles but also by what they wore underneath them. And from that we can certainly take inspiration” (Bobb 2017)
So thank you, SATC. Although not everyone looks like the women on the show, each woman's differences are celebrated as seen through their individual and unique style. Some days I feel like dressing as Miranda, and other days I feel like dressing as Carrie, but regardless of what my lingerie has hints of, it is uniquely curated to reflect exactly who I am.
Hoffman, Ali. “Wizard of Oz Trends on the Runway.” Nylon, Nylon, 5 June 2013, https://www.nylon.com/articles/ozfest-9207.
Bobb, Brooke. “Which Sex and the City Woman Are You When It Comes to Your Lingerie?” Vogue, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2017, https://www.vogue.com/article/fashion-shopping-lingerie-sex-and-the-city.
“How ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Has Influenced Fashion and Pop Culture.” Pure Costumes Blog, 24 May 2017, https://www.purecostumes.com/blog/how-the-wizard-of-oz-has-influenced-fashion-and-pop-culture/.