Paris Undressed is your guide to everything you ever wanted to know about lingerie, and then some. Kathryn Kemp-Griffin takes tourists on lingerie tours around Paris so she is well-qualified to write this book.
The author is definitely passionate about her topic but she has an odd quirky way of expressing herself. She writes about how she spent hours unpicking a cheap bra and an expensive bra just to compare how they were constructed differently. I enjoyed learning about the anatomy of a bra. There is lots of handy information about different fabric and lace, and the history of the industry.
Kathryn provides advice on which underwear suits which body types based on the letters of AVHXO. There are seven helpful tips on wearing a bra that fits. There are even sewing instructions and a pattern to make your own underpants.
I did learn that you are meant to wear your underpants over your garter, not underneath as commonly seen in marketing material.
Kathryn has a chapter on creating a lingerie journal. I'm not sure if this chapter was tongue-in-cheek or not! I then started to wonder if the author just had a sense of humour that I was missing.
I'm sure we could do with taking everything out of the undie drawer and doing a good cull, especially tossing those items with faded fabric or busted elastic.
The last three chapters are a reference guide to lingerie shopping in Paris. The first is French brands to know, Parisian Lingerie Boutiques, and then a glossary. She encourages you to look at the French version of the website "even if you aren't familiar with the language. It will offer a different perspective from which to explore the potential of your most intimate and sensual side"
Paris Undressed is strictly for a true fashionista who wants to learn more about this often-overlooked type of clothing.
Paris Undressed is available in paperback from your favourite bookseller.
ISBN: 9781760295790 Published by Allen & Unwin
About the author
Kathryn Kemp-Griffin is a journalist and entrepreneur. She has been living in Paris and working in the lingerie industry since 1990. She started her own lingerie company, Soyelle, which specialised in accessories and beauty products, before founding Paris Lingerie Tours - the ultimate luxury rendezvous for helping women fulfil their lingerie dreams. In 2009, she founded Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organisation dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer, by helping them rediscover the beauty of their body. Born in Canada, she lives in an old millhouse outside of Paris with her husband, five children, and assorted pets.