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Article-412We were so honoured to be invited to the preview of the Lingerie Francaise Exhibition at the Design Exchange, in Toronto, on September 25. Spending time with our friends in the lingerie industry is always an enjoyable and positive experience. With some vintage corsets, wine and macarons thrown into the picture we were in heaven!

The retrospective exhibition is in the middle of an around-the-world tour, previously stopping in New York, Berlin, Shanghai, Dubai, London and Paris. It showcases lingerie dating back to the 1800s by prestigious French brands including Lise Charmel, Empreinte, Chantelle, Aubade, Maison Lejaby and Simone Perele (all which we currently carry in our stores).

Waist cincher by EmpreinteIt was fascinating to see the development and progress our industry has made over the last 100 years. Even more interesting, was to see how the trends have made a comeback- longline Lise Charmel and Simone Perele bras from over 50 years ago could easily pass as the popular

It was fascinating to see the development and progress our industry has made over the last 100 years. Even more interesting, was to see how the trends have made a comeback- longline Lise Charmel and Simone Perele bras from over 50 years ago could easily pass as the popular Fortnight bras in stores now, plus a gingham Empreinte set from the 60s looks very similar to one we have ordered for next spring. It was impossible not to gush with whomever was within earshot about how stunning each piece was, and to point out the ones you wish you had in your own wardrobe (the dramatic plunge strapless by Lejaby and an adorable floral garter waist cincher by Empreinte were my favourites).

This exhibit is a must-see for fashion or lingerie lovers, history buffs, and design connoisseurs of all kinds. It is being shown at the Design Exchange at 234 Bay Street, Toronto until October 13, 2013 and is free to the public, "no strings attached".

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