1960s Lingerie Set- Bra, Knickers and Slip 12B/34B


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An iconic red three piece lingerie set Made by Berlei in New Zealand, consisting of an early 60s bra, knickers and slip. All made from fire engine red nylon with lace accents. The bra has slightly pointed cups for a subtle ‘bullet bra’ silhouette and dainty embroidery on the upper cups with bows, leaves and a floral spray. Its straps are non-stretch but adjustable thick satin ribbons and the back has three sets of double metal hook and eye closures and a short band of elastic that has lost its stretch but could be replaced easily. The bra itself is non-stretch but adjustable with the three hook settings. The knickers are stretchy and have elasticated waist and legs, They are a high waisted full brief  with small panels of sheer nylon overlaid with lace at front legs. These are unlined except the gusset. The slinky slip is perfect for layering under dresses and has lace cups and a deep lace hem. Its ribbon straps are adjustable with sliders.

Fits like modern size 34B/12B Size S (you probably won’t fill the bra all the way to the points of each cup. Women often wore triangular pads to stuff the points of their bullet bras!)

Measurements (lying flat):


Shoulder straps width c24cm

Shoulder straps max length 44cm

Overbust first closure 88cm

Underbust first closure 74.5cm

Underbust second closure 73cm

Underbust third closure 71.5cm

Cup diameter 13cm

Cup depth 7cm


Waist 24-36cm

Hips 34-40cm

Leg opening 18-26cm

Depth 32cm


Shoulder to shoulder 18cm

Underarm to underarm 35-38cm

Waist 41-45cm

Hip 46-50cm

Length 97cm

Label: Bra: “Hollywood Vassarette by Berlei Made in NZ” “H4053A Size 34” “Nylon Do Not Iron”, Slip: “32”, Knickers: “Made in NZ SSW”

Provenance: Sourced from NZ

Condition: Very good – Good – a little wear evident throughout including slight wear to seams, a pull at front gusset on knickers, some marks on both knicker and slip straps. Knicker elastic is in great shape. The bra has short bands of elastic at its back and back of straps that have lost their stretch but can be replaced easily.