Popular culture has always brought to question our opinions on women’s bodies’ and underwear, well before Instagram inspired a movement against its censorship policy Here are our top pick of lingerie moments where both bras and briefs have encouraged confidence, humour and cultural significance.

 

roxy music
Roxy Music, Country Life (1974)

Causing international controversy, Roxy Music’s Country Life album cover featured two models in lingerie. It was banned and it was brilliant.

 

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la belle du jour
La Belle du Jour (1967)

Throughout this Jean-Luc Godard flick, sex worker by day, housewife by night Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) is quintessentially Parisienne in a plethora of lingerie ensembles.

 

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john kacere
John Kacere (1920 - 1999)

Photorealist artist John Kacere has a bit of an obsession with lingerie wearing women. His paintings depict beauty in soft silks and curvy thighs. We love his celebrating of the female form.

 

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sex kings road
SEX, King’s Road (1974 - 1976)

Raw, punk power. All the staff at this legendary store were kitted in leather and lace lingerie.

 

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bridget jones diary
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

One of the most recognisable pairs of big knickers. Bridget Jones is unabashedly honest.

 

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empire records
Empire Records (1995)

A naive Corey Mason (Liv Tyler) seduces her childhood musical icon by stripping down to her mismatched underwear. Her sweet awkwardness is what makes this so memorable.

 

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dusk til dawn
Dusk 'til Dawn (1996)

Salma Hayek faced her phobia of snakes and performed one of the most iconic erotic dance scenes in cinema history.

 

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lost in translation
Lost in Translation (2003)

Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) opens Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation lying lost and forlorn at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Her delicate pastel briefs are of the auteur and brilliantly relatable.

 

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