The Story of Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has always been a commonly recognized name. Whether you’ve recognized it from the iconic brand or the high-fashion magazine, all have centered around pure luxury. Back in 1899, what we now recognize as Vanity Fair, originated when 8 men got together and decided to open up a place that manufactured beautiful silk gloves. The store was called “The Reading Glove” and was located in Reading, Pennsylvania. In 1913, “The Reading Glove” soon began manufacturing various types of silk lingerie, as well as the gloves. The brand name for the lingerie soon became Vanity Fair, decided by the winner of a contest. Shortly after, they changed their company name to Vanity Fair Mills in 1951. As Vanity Fair Mills continued to specialize in lingerie, they began to expand and open up more locations, eventually becoming an internationally saught-after brand, “VF Corporation”.

Pictured here is a peignoir piece that showcases the essence and elegance of Vanity Fair, from around the late 1950s. During that time period, Vanity Fair’s lingerie line was becoming vastly popular.


Peignoir is a French word, originally meaning “to comb the hair” ( Many women would originally wear peignoirs as coverings while grooming their hair. However, they have been more commonly used as a longer nightgown cover up for women and are frequently made up of sheer or translucent fabrics.

Take a moment to appreciate the detail and beauty of this hollywood-style piece. Notice the elegantly embroidered tag, sparkling button, and creamy colored ruffles and bows throughout. *Special photo thanks: above photo by Alain Briand of Oblique Foto and model Julie Alexander. Below photos taken by Sarah Westendorf from Most Everything Vintage.

Feel free to come and see this beautiful peignoir piece in our store! Thanks for reading!


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