Knickers: An Intimate Re-appraisal
The history of the knicker is a history of women’s rights as much as fashion. From Queen Victoria and the Quaker reformer Amelia Bloomer to the G-string, Rosemary Hawthorne is the perfect guide through this fascinating history.
As entertaining as it is informative, Rosemary Hawthorne exposes the true history of women’s fashion, social history delivered with a large helping of humour, irreverence and evocative illustrations of knickers, drawers, pantaloons, bloomers and g-strings.
One of Britain’s leading fashion historians describes, like never before, the liberty bodice, the mighty Y-front and much much more… there isn’t a brief left unturned!
Rosemary Hawthorne trained at RADA and is married to a vicar. While bringing up 7 children, she began collecting old clothes and now owns one of the largest collection of vintage underwear in Britain. Her one-woman show, ‘The Knicker Lady’, has sold out at venues all over Britain.
“200 years ago an unsexy pair of knee-length pants was first called knickers… uncover the brief history of the frivolous morale-booster.”
“The gospel on everything from pantaloons and pantalettes to divided drawers, bloomers and scanties.”
“A social history, delivered with a large helping of humour, irreverence and evocative illustrations.”
‘Hull Daily Mail’
“Delving into the history of knickers is no brief undertaking… Who better to shed light on this undercover subject than Rosemary Hawthorne, Britain’s self-styled Knicker Lady.”