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William Morris was right about many things, but this is probably my favourite of his wise lessons. The English textile designer was the leader of the Arts and Crafts movement, which believed in the application of beauty to all aspects of life – via design and craft.
We may have moved on in many ways from Victorian ideologies (how about that one where women have smaller brains than men? or the delightful notion that females should feign headaches or nausea rather than ever agreeing to have sex? HA!) – but the idea that beauty should be a part of our every day mundane lives is something that resonates with me every time I open my knicker drawer. At the end of the day, they are just knickers – but oh! What glorious little works of art they are!!
Morris truly believed that taking delight in everyday objects – relishing in the joy of craftsmanship and the natural beauty of materials – was good for the soul.
And if this is the case then by my reasoning, Agent Provocateur lingerie is like a shot of purified euphoria for the soul. Take the Yvett bra: slip it out of its tissue paper and run your finger over its finely rendered embroidered flowers, enjoying the contrast in texture with the grosgrain bows and the delicate French fishnet lace. This tiny scrap of fabric is a work of art in itself; even more so once it’s enveloping your very own magnificent breasts.
Or how about the Honney? A magnificent confection of Crimson red Leavers lace, artfully constructed to reveal and conceal, to peak and to play, so that the female body itself becomes a work of art such that Michelangelo himself would quake to recreate.
Consider the artistry of the Tanya, a mastery of trompe l’oeil deception thanks to its use of nude tulle under finest silk ribbons and delicate eyelash lace. Just try to tell me that the craft of this piece isn’t a work of art!
Art elevates the mind and nurtures the soul, and you shouldn’t just save it for your Sunday visit to the National Gallery – you should try to surround yourself with it always.
Even if that just means building out your knicker drawer.
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By the blog of Agent Provocateur