Classic 1950s Lingerie in BLack Satin
Our lingerie collection all started with our Maitresse Bullet Bra which has now been in continuous production for over a decade. A Bullet Bra is essential for an authentic 1950s silhouette, but finding a vintage Bullet Bra that fit was virtually impossible, so for purely selfish reasons I decided to make one for myself. Finding a factory that would re-create a 1950s Bullet Bra was almost impossible too, but after a year of searching I finally found a factory in India who would work with us (no European factories were interested in working with us back then) and I'm proud to say that all of our Bullet Bras are still made in the same factory today. Let's just say that there's very little our India seamstresses don't know about Bullet Bras!
When I started working on our Maitresse Bullet Bra, I knew it was for a very niche market and expected to sell maybe 200 to 300 Bullet Bras. Enough to cater for the hardcore 1950s vintage fashionistas. I never thought it would sell into the tens of thousands, or that it would appear on magazine covers and be worn by the Bullet Bra Queen herself: Madonna. In 2014 our Maitresse Bullet Bra was given a little facelift, with improved fit to the cups, and more comfortable shoulder strap positioning.
The Ultimate 6 Strap Garter Belt
I would have been quite happy making just a black satin Bullet Bra, but then Topshop* called asking to see our collection and I had to quickly put something together! The Maitresse Garter Belt was inspired by a favourite vintage 4 stap belt I owned. It covers most the the tummy and hips so not only gives an extremely smooth line under clothing, but gently holds you in too. Just like Garter Belts of the 1950s, our Maitresse Garter Belt has strong metal clips and adjusters to ensure your nylons stay securely in place.
The Maitresse Girdlette followed a couple of seasons after the 6 Strap Garter Belt. It's a lightweight roll on mini girdle which is ideal for wearing under tight pencil skirts. It's a little more modern than the other Maitresse pieces as it's inspired by an early 1960s girdle. Again, we changed the garter straps from 4 to 6 to ensure your stockings don't slip during the day.
Glamorous 1950s Inspired Panties
Our Maitresse Panties combine comfort with sex appeal and are miles away from big 'granny panties'. In fact, one Granny has been heard to say that she was around in the 1950s, but didn't have any panties like our Maitresse Panties! I guess only a certain type of girl worn black satin panties at that time as they certainly did exist! The great thing about 1950s Vintage Panties is that they're not only extremely flattering to the female form, but they're also very comfortable as they're full bottom couerage ensures they won't ride up during the day.
*What Katie Did and Topshop
You might be wondering what ever did happen to What Katie Did at Topshop. Well, they carried our lingerie for a few seasons which is pretty good going as Topshop is a fast moving fashion company that follows the trends and What Katie Did is stuck in the past. Without Topshop there might not be a What Katie Did today, as they were the first company to have faith in what we were doing, and certainly the first mainstream company to sell Bullet Bras on the high street for a few decades!