Lingerie, like plumage and fur, is designed to direct the eye to the areas of the female body discussed in Part 1. Although the use of scant clothing has been around for a long time, lingerie is a relatively recent phenomenon as the materials and fabrics used in their construction are modern products.
The above illustration has a number of key points. Stockings, besides emphasizing the leg shape, tend to focus the eye on the expanse of skin above them, while suspenders delineate areas of interest and underlying curves. The small G string hides the vulva but emphasizes the area by imitating the shape of pubic hair and pointing like an arrowhead to a place of interest. The sleeves draw the gaze to the bare shoulders which continues on to the breasts and the dark panels in the sides of the garment pull the eyes down.
The picture above is an example of a garment which hardly conceals but the emphasis is downward. Eyes go to cleavage first but the cut of the lingerie draws the eyes lower. The breasts are obvious but still concealed which is one of the hallmarks of well designed lingerie. Near exposure but still hidden.
Now the rear view. Once again, leg coverings to show skin at the area of interest while the covered back really makes the buttocks stand out. In this example, the shoulders are left bare while the arm wrappings draw the eyes to them.
Another rear view with a different approach. The lines of the body are left alone but the essential piece is covered.
This is the opposite approach where everything is covered except for a small window which draws the eye.
Before I go onto minimalism, here is another example of direction. The colour and style of the above garment draws the eye to the cleavage but only for a moment as the eye is then drawn downward by the vee which points below. Again, the covered leg treatment pulls the eye upward to where the skin shows. Similarly the shoulders are made to stand out.
The classic minimalist lingerie. Arms and legs covered to draw attention to the torso, lots of cleavage and shoulders while below is a small vulval covering and suspenders for delineation. Not much left for the imagination but still covered.
And again but with smaller breast coverings and more delineation.
Minimalist can also reveal the shape of the whole body while still maintaining a modicum of concealment. This is less what lingerie is about and moves into the area of bikinis etc. Lingerie is the use of lines and also colour to direct the observer's eye to specific areas of the human female body. As previously discussed, these areas are genetically coded into the male psyche and are used as part of a selection process for choosing a mate.
I haven't yet mentioned stiletto heels, the purpose of which is to cause the calf muscles to bunch slightly to bring out the leg shape. One of my favorite illustrators, Simon Bisley, uses every trick of lingerie and sometimes stilettos in his pictures which are often cartooned a little for effect.
So, to sum up. Lingerie is the use of lines, curved or straight, to draw attention to various parts of the human female body. The lingerie designer needs to utilise the same sort of thinking as the comic artist but use his expertise to create a physical piece of apparel. Colour is an eye of the beholder thing. Black works well because it is able to contrast against pale skin while white works well against colored skin. Other colours are a matter of personal preference for the wearer or observer and can be used to convey a suggestion or influence mood but that is another story.
Now that you have your eye in, check out some more pics.