Lingerie & Chick Flicks: A Match Made in Heaven

Treacle is a 25-year-old knickers junkie who started blogging because her friends threatened to tape her mouth shut if she didn’t stop talking about her underwear.  She welcomes lingerie lovers of every nation and persuasion to her blog, The Lingerie Addict.

Lingerie and cinema have always had a special relationship. Remember Elizabeth Taylor and her gorgeous slip in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? What about Anne Bancroft and her Vanity Fair leopard print lingerie in The Graduate? Or, to go even further back, how about Vivian Leigh’s legendary 18 inch corsetted waist in Gone with the Wind? Cinema is all about fantasy, illusion, and an escape from reality and, at its heart, so is lingerie. And so here are The Lingerie Addict’s top 3 picks for films featuring lingerie in the past decade.

Moulin Rouge

If ever there was a movie about the spectacle, grandeur, and glamour of days gone by, Moulin Rouge is it. Though the plot is a tear-jerker, the costumes are spirit-lifters. It’s a nonstop festival of corsets, stockings, sequins, and feathers.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Set just before the onset of World War II, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day may seem like an odd choice for a chick flick, but with a plot that’s all about the bond between women, even across generations, I believe it qualifies. The best part of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is the lingerie runway show scene which features some of the most gorgeous examples of era-appropriate lingerie I’ve ever seen.


The only film on this list I haven’t seen, it’s here because of all its lingerie-related promo shots. From bodysuits to bras to bustiers, Nine appears to have it all. I just added this musical chick flick to my Netflix queue, and I can’t wait to see all the stuff they couldn’t show in the previews!

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  1. Catherine says:

    I agree with Linda. At one point, purchasing lingerie was “taboo” and the only way to find it was by visiting a retail store on the side of the highway.

  2. Catherine says:

    Moulin Rouge to this day is still one of my favorite movies. The lingerie was classy and breathtaking.

  3. I saw Moulin Rouge and there was some nice outfits in there but I haven’t seen or heard of the other 2.

  4. Linda Lyna says:

    In the past, purchasing lingerie has been difficult for various reasons. However, todays powerful ecommerce sites allow you to “buy sexy lingerie and intimate apparel” with ease.

  5. I had forgotten about the fun fashions & lingerie runway show in Miss Pettigrew. Thanks for the reminder. I’m adding that one to my netflix list to watch AGAIN. It was such a cute movie.

  6. Lovely picks Treacle, and a wonderful theme. I will be interested to see other suggestions here, and will throw in a couple of my own: Le Divorce has some terrific moments of Kate Hudson + terrific French knickers. The Last Metro is a Truffaut masterpiece even without Catherine Deneuve baring her thigh and flashing a bit of WWII vintage stocking top. They would be set in Paris of course. Something about that place and lingerie I suppose…

    Cheers – Petra

    • Clarabela says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog. Treacle’s lingerie addict was a wonderful inspiration for this guest post.

  7. I loved the lingerie in Miss Pettigrew! One of the best parts of that movie was the clothes in general.


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