The ultimate queen of fashion was brought to life on the final day of RAFW SS12. A queen who now sits as the villainess of history had the flair, the style and the exhibitionism to really live out what fashion is. Although many have failed to see how iconic she is in terms of the way women adorn themselves today, Australian designer Julie Chione-Tull of Ms Couture made a nod to the best French lingerie couturiers with her Spring/Summer ’12 offerings.
Seated in second row I watched as one by one gorgeous lingerie (that I could only dream of wearing) was sent down the runway. Handcrafted bras, corsetry, nightgowns and capelettes applied with broderie anglaise, ribbon work and beading created a deliciousness that exalted the feminine form. Creating a sexiness that evoked the days when even lifting a portion of a fair lady’s glove was considered a lewd act. This provocative intimate wear in macaron pastels befit the image of Marie Antoinette I envisioned as I watched the show.
A daydream that consisted of the La Reine Terrible delighting in her hedonist pleasures in none other than Ms Couture lingerie. “The Ms Couture client embodies beauty, sultriness and seductiveness and is the ultimate feminine goddess” and although my favourite queen of all time is no longer around her legacy lives on in the women of today who still delight in old world pleasures such as owning the finest lingerie.
Perhaps the most profound effect of the Ms Couture show on me was dispelling my association of lingerie with a tacky overzealous sexuality. Instead I am enamoured with the message Ms Couture lingerie promises, that sex appeal doesn’t have to mean blatant nudity but instead subtle, cheeky glimpses.
Long live the queen of Australian lingerie, Ms Couture!
Images courtesy of Mother and Father PR