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By Xu Junqian ( Shanghai Star )
Updated:2014-11-07 08:50:36Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallVintage corsets from Ghislaine Rayers collection.[Photo by Gao Erqiang/Shanghai Star]She can boast the largest individual collection of underwear in France,and now Ghislaine Rayer has brought her collection to Shanghai. Xu Junqian takes a peek.When Ghislaine Rayer decided to start collecting vintage lingerie, more than 20 years ago, the French lady had barely glanced at or even touched a delicate, handmade, decade-or-even-century-old corset.An avid reader of 19th century novels, the then twenty-something employee of a Parisian recording company was simply intrigued after reading Emile Zolas Au Bonheur des Dames (Ladies Paradise).Set in a department store, the book details how the shops owner manages to overwhelm the senses of his female customers and entice them to spend their money on beautiful lingerie. The story details the fabrics, styles and how they tailor-made lingerie, among many other garments and accessories.Rayer was very taken with the descriptions, and began to view corsets as the “ultimate symbol of femininity”.Now with a collection of over 6,000 pieces of vintage underwear, including faux bustle and swimwear from the 19th century, and a linen petticoat that dates back to the early 1820s, Rayer can boast the largest individual collection of underwear in France, if not the world.In October, she brought more than 30 examples of the crème de la crème of her collection to Shanghai for the 10th Shanghai Mode Lingerie exhibition and aired some of her “little dirty laundry”.”When I started, it was no more than a hobby,” the 59-year-old says. “But when you become a well known collector, people come to you from all over the world, bringing all those dated pieces from their grandmas wardrobes.”Advertisements, packaging and magazines featuring hour-glass-waisted women in lingerie that was mass produced by American companies since the 20th century also takes up a lions share of Rayers collection, usually stored in a specialized warehouse on the outskirt of Paris.Previous Page1 2 3 4 5 6 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 4 5 6 Next Page8.03KRelated ArticlesRecycled fashionHorses get prepared for racing with fashion hairstylesInside a North Korean fashion showHighlights from China Fashion WeekFashion fileTagsfashion shanghai Shanghai Mode Lingerie ExhibitionPhotoHsu Chi and Zhou Yun poses for Harpers BazaarStar Tracks in NovemberActress Xu Qianhui releases new fashion shotsPeople enjoy drinking sweet tea in spare time in LhasaMiss International Beauty Pageant 2014 kicks off in TokyoIn pics: Chinese-style outfits designed for participants of APECArtFilmCelebrityFashionFoodTravelArtist creates terracotta girls to highlight sex imbalanceGreat writers obsessed with paintingDigital technique reproduces Mogao Grottoes18th Shanghai Art Fair kicks offJohn Lennon’s Gretsch Guitar to be auctionedOil painting show captures Chinas contemporary trendsMooving through the cow paradeColorful exhibit showcases Asian culturesNew art era unfoldsClay figurines capture spirit of lifeCloisonne art pieces retain their traditional appealLuxuriant rosewood evokes imperial styleNations first movie studio transformed into museumFaye Wong releases theme song for Cong Cong Na NianChina to produce more TV documentaries for overseas marketMiss Granny gives Kuai the role of a new lifetimeBoonie Bears to return for Spring FestivalBritish actor savors roles in Chinese dramasSad song for a nightingaleInternet killed the TV starBegin Again to make noise on mainlandStars of Interstellar in Shanghai for films mainland take-offFilm company looks beyond the box officeMovie moguls gather at LA film summitHsu Chi and Zhou Yun poses for Harpers BazaarAnne Hathaway promotes new movie in ShanghaiStar Tracks in NovemberActress Xu Qianhui releases new fashion shotsHayao Miyazaki makes rare Hollywood appearance to accept awardActor Huang Xiaoming releases new fashion shotsMa Su poses for LIFESTYLE magazineHesitant starGao Yuanyuan in bright colorsElegant Qin Lan graces Maxi magazineMiranda Lambert shines bright at the 48th CMAFaye Wong appears in public for new movieGoji Lin collection staged in TaipeiFashionistas pose during Sao Paulo Fashion WeekFake APEC outfits hot-sellers onlineMiss International Beauty Pageant 2014 kicks off in TokyoIn pics: Chinese-style outfits designed for participants of APECMa Su poses for LIFESTYLE magazineLittle dirty laundryHead turnerFrom containers to theaterRecycled fashionSecond time aroundGisele Bundchen glows in Sao Paulo Fashion WeekPeople enjoy drinking sweet tea in spare time in Lhasa25 best restaurants around the worldOverseas returnee, small eatery bossTonghua to transform into a wine cityMoutai captures Chinas true spiritNo reservations, no tipsUp where he belongsA coffee change-maker in ChinaChocolate King-Kong in ParisThe Yuyuan China Day Festival starts in ShanghaiFresh ideas on fast foodA feast of seafoodTop 10 most beautiful terraces in ChinaMountain paradiseGlimpses of Lhasas holiday seasonTop 10 destinations for female travelersTop 10 seldom-seen views around the worldQuanzhou charmsYunnan, a travel heavenCity of SpringsMorning sun showers snow-covered Great WallMixing old with new in central Vietnam2013 Top 10 Tourism DestinationsEditors PicksHow to shop on Taobao without a Chinese ID15 college majors with the highest unemployment ratesMost amazing chi-pao beautiesHow not to dress like a Hollywood starHot wordsRobin WilliamsHan HanGossipTiny TimesOscars red carpet ReganmianNanluoguxiangTeaShirley TempleLeonardo DiCaprioVideoSupermodel Liu Wen becomes face of ChinaLaowai Not: Fashion geekVideo: Street snap in BeijingColumnsRaymond Zhou:X-RayPauline D Loh:
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