Women of Mystery: The Actress

Sweet Nothings Holiday 2015: Women of Mystery- Irene Adler. Photo: Steven Rosen Photography

To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.


“Let me see!” said Holmes. “Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year 1858. Contralto — hum! La Scala, hum! Prima donna Imperial Opera of Warsaw — yes! Retired from operatic stage — ha! Living in London — quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and is now desirous of getting those letters back…If this young person should produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is she to prove their authenticity?”

“My photograph.”


“We were both in the photograph.”

Sweet Nothings Holiday 2015: Women of Mystery- Irene Adler. Photo: Steven Rosen Photography


“You do not know her, but she has a soul of steel. She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and the mind of the most resolute of men.”

Sweet Nothings Holiday 2015: Women of Mystery- Irene Adler. Photo: Steven Rosen Photography**

“Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady; but it is probable that when she comes she may find neither us nor the photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain it with his own hands.”…

We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said:

“Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes.”…

“I’ve heard that voice before,” said Holmes, staring down the dimly lit street. “Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have been.”

Sweet Nothings Holiday 2015: Women of Mystery- Irene Adler. Photo: Steven Rosen Photography


“You really did it very well. You took me in completely…But, you know, I have trained as an actress myself…Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was really an object of interest to the celebrated Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Then I, rather imprudently, wished you good-night…As to the photograph, your client may rest in peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he.”

Sweet Nothings Holiday 2015: Women of Mystery- Irene Adler. Photo: Steven Rosen Photography


“What a woman — oh, what a woman!” cried the King of Bohemia, when we had all three read this epistle. “Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?”

“From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty,” said Holmes coldly.


Sweet Nothings Holiday 2015: Women of Mystery- Irene Adler. Photo: Steven Rosen Photography

And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were beaten by a woman’s wit. He used to make merry over the cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her photograph, it is always under the honorable title of the woman.

–Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Corset: Angela Friedman (bespoke)
Bloomers: she and reverie
Stockings: Figleaves
Robe: Dita Von Teese
Boots: Miz Mooz

Ribbon Corset: Evgenia Lingerie
Blackbird Underpinnings
Bloomers: she and reverie
Stockings: Stockingirl 
Garters: FYI by Dani Read 

Photos: Steven Rosen Photography

Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, hereditary King of Bohemia: Charles Rehill

Irene Adler appears in A Scandal in Bohemia, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

14 Comments on Women of Mystery: The Actress

  1. Jeanna at Bluestockings
    November 23, 2015 at 9:36 am (7 years ago)

    This. Is. Stunning. How amazing to see this project come to fruition! The photos = epic. Story = epic. THE LINGERIE = EPIC. This is a real gift to the community, and something you should be so, so proud of. <3

  2. anjili
    November 23, 2015 at 10:31 am (7 years ago)

    The one on the stairs with the shirt…. They are ALL stunning, but THAT one, oh my

  3. The Lingerie Lesbian
    November 23, 2015 at 10:42 am (7 years ago)

    SO BEAUTIFUL. Uggh, the theme, the clothes, the poses… all so perfect! So much good styling! I am in awe 🙂

  4. Argie
    November 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Stunning indeed! Beautiful setting, lighting, model–everything.

  5. Mel
    November 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm (7 years ago)

    clap clap clap!!!!

  6. K-Line
    November 23, 2015 at 2:10 pm (7 years ago)

    That corset is truly amazing and was worth every penny.

  7. Leanna
    November 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm (7 years ago)

    You are such a knockout all-round superstar!! This is just so, so impeccably done. All the heart eyes!!

  8. suzisart
    November 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm (7 years ago)

    But of course the king would bore her, smart and lovely woman that she is. This is art!

  9. Mademoiselle K
    November 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm (7 years ago)

    These photos are absolutely fantastic! Please do more shots like these <3

  10. Stephanie
    November 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm (7 years ago)

    I die. Sweets, this is beautiful work. Thank you for including my Ribbon Corset. You look stunning in it per usual! And Angela’s corset is breathtaking!

  11. Nan
    November 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm (7 years ago)

    These photos are amazing. The corset is to die for! It fits so beautifully.. And now I must go look at some bloomers… Congratulations – your work is rocking me. This photo series has blown my mind.

  12. Athena Rork
    December 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm (7 years ago)

    Where were these taken? And was it the same set location for the other two photo shoots?

    • Sweets
      December 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Athena! These were taken in a private home, and most of the Phryne/Peggy photos were taken in a different private home (the “comic book” Agent Carter pictures were taken in the photographer’s studio).

      • Athena Rork
        December 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm (7 years ago)

        Ah, ok. As a photographer’s wife, I’m always curious about the behind the scenes stuff. 🙂


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