During the 1500’s women employed extreme measures to sculpt their body into what is seen at that time as the ultimate female shape.
The corset was an inclusion in every woman’s wardrobe, highlighting a more announced waist and repressing the stomach.
Female underwear has evolved through the centuries from civilizations across the world. There are paintings and archeological suggestions that ancient Egyptian women wore underwears unexpectedly similar to the thongs as we know them today.
Panties or knickers as they are referred to in British English are little piece of linen usually worn by women designed to cover vital areas of the crotch region.
Primitively, panties are designed to cover the lower half of a female body, but evidences through archeological and historical sources show remarkable resemblance between ancient panties and modern ones.
Finding of the Bandari ancient burial paintings dating back a little later than the 400BCs, the entire history of female underwear development was rewritten. Underwear with striking resemblance to modern day G-strings was uncovered in these statuettes.
The ancient Greeks were more appreciative of nudity and the highlight of body sexual appeal, which directly affected the female choice of underwear to become less and less bulky than it’s ancestors along that cultural structure.
The medieval period saw a shift in the idea of perfect female shape steering the styling of the panties to become more drastic towards achieving this goal.
Corsets were developed during this period, which covered most of the upper torso down towards the crotch region. This extreme measure employed to restrict the stomach made the female underwear to take a restrictive and almost torturing nature.
In the coming centuries women shifted attention from the confining nature of the corset to freer style of underwear until the period of the so called ‘Hour glass shape’ came into focus stimulating the re-adoption of the rigid corset with fancy additions like stockings and garters designed to hold it up.
The knicker was becoming less a piece of clothing designed to restrict or relegated part of fashion, a decent amount of independent attention were beginning to be accorded to this part of the female fashion.
The apparent appeal of the feminine body in these clothing saw more adorning additions to the list. Lacy and flowery decorations were adopted during the 1900s proving once more that knickers are becoming less just an underneath garment.
Today knickers are one of the most important contents of the female wardrobe. Styling of different shapes and designs for defining purposes and occasions. Modern adornment includes; simple flowery or lacy decorations to more extreme additions of precious gems or metal linings.
From the flesh economical knickers that cover almost the lower half of the female torso to the more liberating piece of garment worn just over the crotch with tiny cloth strings holding at the waist.
The knicker has evolved over the years into a less rigid piece of clothing to a more free and unbinding but important part of the female fashion.