The Art of Lingerie: Jasper Johns

Welcome to my newest column, “The Art of Lingerie,” where I will be pairing some gorgeous pieces of lingerie with the work of famous artists. This idea came to me as a combination of my post about the way I think about my lingerie collection and my recent post on Frida Kahlo for LGBT History Month. I’ve had a lifelong love of art and art history and I’m enjoying the challenge of these pairings. Have fun with my new series and let me know what you think.

I chose Jasper Johns for my first post in The Art of Lingerie series because his graphic style and interest in texture which fit so well with lingerie. Also, I can’t believe I went so long without knowing that he and Robert Rauschenberg were longterm lovers! I only learned about it in the last month or so, when I went to a lecture on the Warhol show that is currently at the Metropolitan Museum. Despite reading about both of them as artists, the fact that I had never learned that they were together just shows you how much queer history is simply silenced– while I’ve read repeatedly about the straight artist couples of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo or Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Not that that necessarily has anything to do with lingerie.

Back to lingerie + art:

Jasper Johns “Three Flags” + What Katie Did Stars and Stripes Corset

The pairing of this What Katie Did corset and Jasper Johns’ most famous painting Three Flags might seem obvious, maybe even trite. But I think that the bold colors and lines in the shape of the corset make a kind of sense when paired with the duplicated flags in Johns’ work.

White Flag + Lola Haze + Brulée

I think this piece White Flag by Jasper Johns fits so well with these pieces of lingerie because they all play with the subtly of shade and texture in supposedly neutral white. The stripes in the Lola Haze chemise echo the almost invisible stripes of the flag, while the mottled fabric of the Brulée playsuit gives you the optical illusion effect that is a key feature of the Johns painting.

Map + La Fée Verte + Zinke

This painting Map is so vibrant and active, these two sets from Zinke and La Fée Verte seemed just dramatic enough. Although the Aztec-inspired print on the La Fée Verte set isn’t a perfect match, I felt like the mood of the print and the painting went well together.

The Dutch Wives + Fair Verona + Princesse Tam Tam

The abstract pattern represented in this painting is well suited to these two lingerie sets which both play with black and gray sheerness. The swirls are of the Fair Verona romper not the same pattern as the painting, but I liked the fact that they have a similar abstraction. The Princesse Tam Tam set‘s orange bow accents actually go perfectly with the yellow outline to the Johns diptych, making it a fitting pairing.

What do you think? Did I choose good pieces? Do you like this new column? Are there specific artists you would like me to feature? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

  1. I like this blog because of your very unique ways of looking at lingerie and also the way you present them. This post certainly fits both categories as I did learn some new things and was also challenged to look at lingerie from a different angle.

    And speaking of challenges… I just glanced few items to see if I can come up with something that fits any of the drawings featured and found this La Perla baby doll that may fit the last one, especially the mocha color which is called “visone” on the web page:
    I have a feeling you may like the entire line if only for the name, a TV show you’ve mentioned here in the past…

    I will be glad to see here other artists featured and paired with different lingerie items. One that comes to mind is Salvador Dali and I wonder if you can find any lingerie that resemble his outrageous art.
    Here are some of his drawings that depict women wearing some lingerie-like clothings:

    And apparently, much to my delight, the Dali Museum building in St. Petersburg, Florida resembles a futuristic bra of some sort:

    • Thank you so much for sharing that La Perla baby doll! It is such an interesting texture and I hadn’t seen it before (I love seeing new lingerie). And of course I love the name, so perfect for me.

      I love the idea of doing some lingerie inspired by Dali– that sounds like a real challenge. I’m really going to have to have a think about that.

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  3. Yeah, less representational artists definitely lend themselves to this more. Though I feel like Turner’s colours and brush strokes could work well. Goya however… not as easy 😛

    A whole series of Impressionists could be lovely though, just continuing the thought on brushstrokes and colour.

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