Dita’s Von Follies Collection

I have been debating for a while whether or not I should write about Dita’s latest lingerie collection.

Let me start by saying outright that I do not like it; I don’t like it in the slightest. But the reason that I haven’t jumped straight in blogged about my dislike for Dita’s latest line is because it is good that there is some vintage inspired underwear in mainstream shops and department stores, and it’s good that women are given the choice to wear something other than a plain t-shirt bra.

However, the first time that I saw the pieces on display, I was shocked that she would release such items, they were not strong or supportive in the slightest; these pieces were not designed compliment a woman’s body, nor were they built for real support. Although Dita says that she felt inspired by her vintage lingerie collection, I feel like her performance outfits were more likely to be the real inspiration behind this collection. ‘Vintage’ lingerie is structured, strong, robust, flattering – The Von Follies line is none of these things.

I have selected a few of her designs to show you what I mean.

The ‘Her Sexellency’ long line bra – I wouldn’t wear this due to lack of structure and strength in the make of the garment. Unlike any vintage bras I own, the strapsare very thin and plain. I haven’t tried this on but judging by the picture below, I highly doubt that this would fit most women properly, the cups look too small, even for this model. My side-boobs would be all over the place if I were to wear this! I will say though, I think the design is very pretty.

I get the look that Dita was trying to go for here but I don’t think that it’s useful for anything other than prancing around in the bedroom in front of your boyfriend. I came across this image of the designer herself; obviously she sees it as a top rather than a piece of underwear (and also WHERE ARE YOUR STOCKINGS DITA?! ugh).

I genuinely think it’s great that Dita has included a few slips in her range, I also genuinely hate the ones that she has designed. They are really thick and coarse and I cannot imagine for one second that they sit well under a dress or a skirt.  Here is the ‘Savoir Faire’ Half Slip:

I think that slips should be light and floaty and not get in the way of your outerwear, I am therefore not a fan of this item.

I also think that the number of suspender belts versus the number of girdles is disappointing. On the Myer site, I counted 15 suspender belts in there and they all look like pretty standard belts with a bit of lace and frill slapped all over them, but there is just one girdle…

Nobody wore suspender belts like this (bits of string) back in the 50s, so which vintage underwear was she inspired by exactly?

I just want to show you her ‘Madame X’ belt:

If I were to wear this, my tummy would be bulging out all over the place. I most definitely would not be looking my best in my dresses. But maybe this underwear was not designed with practicality in mind.

The ‘Parisienne’ girdle is a really good length, I just think it’s a shame that it gives about the same amount of support to a woman’s body as a lemon.

The ‘Sheer Witchery’ longline corset is …*sigh*..I give up… Just no, it’s horrible.

The one thing that really annoyed me about her range was this:

Dita, you should know better than to use those ugly clip covers! And not only are they covered, the straps are detachable! Straps should never be detachable in my opinion.

The two other things that put me off were:

1. The prices were ludicrous! For the quality of the underwear on offer, there is no way that I would want to pay that much money! 100 bucks for a badly made bra? No thanks.

2. The sizing. I thought, ok, I will give this a go, don’t be unfair, so I tried to find my size in one of the quarter cup bras (36DD) and there was nothing. I looked at a few of the other bras, again nothing. For some reason, this range of bras is only available to women with small breasts. Perhaps Myer has chosen to stock only a few sizes. I’m not sure what the deal is there.

Like I sad, the fact that she has brought out a range of vintage inspired underwear is great; Dita has become a household name and she has most definitely helped to popularise the vintage/ retro/ burlesque look. However,  I certainly will not be buying any of her underwear.


12 thoughts on “Dita’s Von Follies Collection

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more about vintage garments needing to be robust, substantial, tight, not wispy. Many women did wear suspender belts in the 1950s — I know, l saw my much older sister wearing them, but they were substantial belts, with a deep panel and strong metal-clipped suspenders. As they should be!

    • Elinor, thank you for your response. My sister has alas departed this life at a ripe old age, but always remained glamorous, and therefore well controlled by foundation garments. Incidentally it’s great to hear that term ‘foundation’ again. It made such a difference when women always wore good foundations. It had an influence not only on their appearance but their whole view of life –I think.

      • I totally agree! I look at girls and think ‘you would look so much better if you wore a longline girdle with that outfit…etc’ Sorry about your sister. It’s great to hear that a man appreciates these things as well 🙂

      • For me, and many other men, the sight of a woman in a good firm bra, girdle or deep suspender belt and stockings is the ultimate in beauty! The magical stresses of suspenders taut on nylons create overwhelming sensuality. Why did women forget this? But thankfully you haven’t…

  2. Dear Miss Von Teese: These Victoria’s Secret knock-offs are not real foundation garments and are the furthest thing from what us vintage gals want! We want real, 100% nylon fully fashioned stockings, bras and girdles. REAL bras and girdles! Something more like this:

    Call us back when you wise up, Miss Von Teese.

    I’m am so disappointed in this news. I can imagine a girl being interested in vintage fashion over-paying for some of these items and being so disappointed she goes back to skinny jeans and hoodies after one wearing. Its sad. As we know, a well-fitted girdle can control and shape a girl’s figure like magic and wearing one is a true joy. Trying one on for the first time should be a thrilling rush of ultimate sexiness and total femininity that changes a lady’s whole outlook on her appearance. It’s too bad that lowest common denominator marketing like Dita’s new line will probably rob so many girls of a wonderful experience.

  3. Here here, on all fronts!
    I was so disappointed with this line- firstly on the sizing but then I felt the lingerie looks like pictures of what men thought was sexy in the 80’s- there is nothing elegant or alluring about badly fitted underwear!
    Maybe stick to Burlesque Dita, your lingerie really sucks. What is the phrase, don’t quit your day job?

  4. I only got to see the Target range. Sizing was odd, could not find mine, I was inbetween the standard range and the big girls range (I am a 16DD, sorry not sure of the alternate sizing).

    This is just a general rant. Why are there so many suspenders? Not just in her the Dita range, but in others, but so few actual stockings? Who is buying suspenders but no stockings??? I often have to resort to stay ups, but I want the real thing. 20 years ago I could get them just in the everyday brands, I was put onto them when I was in hospitality in QLD, as pantyhose = thrush.

    • SHQ in the UK has a wide selection both of real nylons and everyday stockings. One solution might be a big order from them. Prices are very reasonable and they are very prompt and efficient. Of course there’d be a delay en route..
      So often these days one sees women whose suspenders are attached to stay-ups. while one is grateful for their wearing suspenders, the stay-ups rather spoil the effect.

  5. I have to agree also. I love Dita to bits but having bought a few of her range items recently, there meant for the bedroom and sold on the name xx

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