Its not surprising how easy it is to fall in love with vintage lingerie. The romantic colors, the luscious fabrics - not to mention the glorious styling and luxury of this specific category of apparel - are simply irresistible. Among the devotees of vintage lingerie are a group of collectors, those who are dedicated to seeking out special styles and specific items that are particularly rare and prized for their beauty, like butterfly collectors or orchid hunters. Often times collectors place special value on specific designers, labels, styles, and even fabrics. One such label is "Lucie Ann for Claire Sandra of Beverly Hills."
Lucie Ann Lingerie was founded by designer Lucie Ann Onderwyzer in Hollywood in 1949. Born in Belgium, she brought a European woman's passion for beautiful lingerie with her to the United States. Her designs are known for their femininity and glamour, capturing the dazzling opulence of 50s Hollywood. She created babydolls, slips, pajamas, bed jackets, peignoirs and lounge wear but she is most famous for her exquisite nightgowns, often fashioned from yards and yards of colorful nylon tricot and adored with fancy details like marabou trim, rhinestones, ribbons and pom-pons.
The luxurious designs made her a favorite to the stars with clientele that included Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Loretta Young. In the 70s she was hired to design all the peignoir sets for Eva Gabor's title character Lisa in the television show Green Acres. Onderwyzer's creativity was highly regarded and she was presented with the 1966 Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
Eva Gabor in an early Lucie Ann
A Lucie Ann night gown worn by Eva Gabor in Green Acres
The luxury line of lingerie was sold in high end the retail shops such as Claire Sandra of Beverly Hills and at I.Magnin. Several treasures have made their way into our own stock and we currently have a few Lucie Ann confections as well as a stunning example of her lavish style in our online archives. These pieces are exquisitely fashioned with the highest quality trims and details, and styled with delicious femininity and sophistication.