Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett

[Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Dear Scarlett.]

I first wrote about Lillian Bassman back in 2013, and my feelings about her work have only grown fonder. A 20th-century photographer who nearly single-handedly created the lingerie editorial, her photographs are still remarkable today for their beauty and intimacy. I particularly love their centering of the subject’s experience and inner life, in stark contrast to some kinds of lingerie photography that objectify the model for the benefit of the viewer. I always feel like I’ve glimpsed an intimate serenity or stillness when I see one of Bassman’s photographs, like I’ve been invited to share in a private, everyday moment of beauty or reflection.

I’ve wanted to create an editorial inspired by Bassman’s work for a long time, and Dear Scarlett is an ideal partner for this project. Dear Scarlett makes lingerie-shopping a pleasure, from the beautiful website to the gorgeous, sustainable packaging to expert fitting advice and a commitment to social responsibility. The shop offers a thoughtfully curated selection of full-bust lingerie (including some of my favorite brands like Panache, Claudette, and Scantilly), hosiery, and loungewear in a range of styles, from easy-to-wear basics (including maternity options) to more dramatic boudoir pieces. Dear Scarlett, like Lillian Bassman, centers the lingerie experience on the person who wears the lingerie, rather than on the viewer. I hope you enjoy our collaboration with the ever-fabulous Studio Rezin.

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin

Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett. Model: Sweet Nothings, Photo: Studio Rezin*     *     *     *     *

Look 1: 

Robe: Take Me Away Long Robe in Rum Raisin by Fleur’t, sizes S/M-M/L
Bra and High-Waist Shaping Brief: Envy in Beige by Panache, sizes 30E-38H, XS-XL
Hold-Ups: Kix’ies, sizes A-D

Look 2:

Bra and Pin-Up Knickers: Fishnet in Rouge Noir by Claudette, sizes 28E-38G, XS-XL
Hold-Ups: Kix’ies, sizes A-D

Look 3:

Bra and Brief: Peek-a-Boo in Crimson by Scantilly, sizes 30E-38H, S-XL

All items available at Dear Scarlett by appointment or online.
Photography by Studio Rezin

1 Comment on Light and Shadow: Boudoir Inspiration from Lillian Bassman and Dear Scarlett

  1. Lee Rivers
    February 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm (3 years ago)

    How did you get your kitty to stay in that pose? So cute! I took your advice and tried on the Vixen, but the bottom doesn’t have enough immediate projection for me, so I get mad fabric fold. Now that I have the photos, I can review it…

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