16 Iconic Lingerie Moments in Film & How to Get the Look

Anne Bancroft lingerie The Graduate

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Whether you prefer to seduce like The Graduate’s Mrs. Robinson or Butterfield 8’s Gloria, revel in excess like Scarface‘s Elvira or The Wolf of Wall Street’s Naomi, or scheme (er…strategize) your way down the aisle like Marriage Italian Style’s Filomena, we’re sure you’ll find at least one of the below iconic lingerie moments in film suitable to emulate. We’ve even hunted down how to get the look, so all you need to do now is decide which ones to add to your Netflix queue.

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#1

The Moment: Sienna Miller as the lingerie-clad love interest (she wears Agent Provocateur in the film still below) to Daniel Craig’s entangled cocaine dealer attempting to leave criminal life behind in the 2004 British thriller, Layer Cake.

Get the Look: Myla “Nicole” Non-Padded Balcony Bra ($165.00), Brazilian Thong ($90.00) and Heritage Lace Suspender ($155.00).

#2

The Moment: Charlize Theron in what’s hailed as her breakout film role playing the glam Norwegian love interest to murderous James Spader in 2 Days in the Valley (1996).

Get the Look: The Giving Bride’s “Nora” Robe ($245.00) + Gooseberry Intimates’ “Honey Bee” Bodysuit ($145.00).

Related: read “Designer Dossier: {un}covering The Giving Bride” here

#3

The Moment: Parisian cabaret actress and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman) falls for penniless poet Christian (Ewan McGregor) in the 2001 tragic love story, Moulin Rouge. The film took home the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, no doubt in part to Satine’s glamorous boudoir wardrobe.

Get the Look: Maidenform’s Flocked Mesh Corset ($72.00) and Thong ($18.00) + Secrets in Lace’s Veronica Thigh High ($36.00).

#4

The Moment: Catherine Deneuve’s housewife-turned call girl Séverine in the 1967 French drama, Belle Du Jour. Many of Deneuve’s costumes were designed by Yves St. Laurent, including the look in the film still below.

Get the Look: Affinitas’ “Charlize” Balconet Bra ($39.00) and Thong ($20.00) + Rago’s Tummy Control Garter Belt ($34.00).

#5

The Moment: Kelly LeBrock as computer-designed dream woman Lisa brought to life by teen misfits Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) in John Hughes’ Weird Science (1985). Amongst Kelly’s epic 80s wardrobe are leotards, sequins, and our fave: this cropped sweatshirt + banded brief combo.

Get the Look: American Apparel’s California Fleece Cropped Sweatshirt ($40.00) + Calvin Klein’s Modern Cotton Bikini ($20.00).

#6

The Moment: Sultry socialite Kitty (Jean Harlow) contends with high society friends, entanglements and revelations over an extravagant dinner party in the 1933 comedic drama Dinner at Eight.

Get the Look: Secrets in Lace’s Ostrich-Trimmed Chiffon Robe ($139.00) + Layneau’s Silk “Amilee” Gown ($1,089.00).

#7

The Moment: Nicole Kidman admits to contemplating an affair to (then-real life) husband Tom Cruise-as-sexually charged Dr. Bill Harford in Stanley Kubrick’s erotic thriller, Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

Get the (Exact) Look: The two pieces worn by Kidman below? HANRO’s Cotton Seamless V-neck Camisole ($62.00) and Hi-Cut Brief ($36.00) in White.

#8

The Moment: 28-year old Elizabeth Taylor as fashionable Manhattan model/call girl Gloria Wandrous, who finds herself in a tragic affair with a wealthy married man in Butterfield 8 (1960). The role not only landed Taylor her first Academy Award, but made knee-length slips and cocktails in the boudoir de rigueur.

Get the Look: Agent Provocateur’s “Luna” Short Slip in Oyster ($270.00).

#9

The Moment: When a little white lie about losing her virginity hits the high school rumor mill, clean-cut Emma Stone embraces her notorious-for-the-wrong-reasons persona (including a newly liberated wardrobe) in 2010’s Easy A.

Get the Look: Angela Friedman’s Steel-Boned Orchid Overbust Corset ($460.00).

Related: read “39 Pieces of Lingerie to Wear OUT of the Boudoir” here

#10

The Moment: After a decades-long affair set in post-World War II Italy, seductive prostitute Filomena (Sophia Loren) will stop at nothing to scheme her lover Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) into marriage in the 1964 foreign drama Marriage Italian Style.

Get the Look: La Lilouche’s “Veronika” Black Faux Leather and Tulle Maxi Gown ($125.00) and Black Faux Leather Ouvert Hipster ($91.00).

#11

The Moment: Then-unknown actress Michele Pfeiffer’s breakout role as Elvira Hancock, whose glamorous life takes a cocaine-addicted downward turn as wife to drug kingpin Tony Montana (Al Pacino) in 1983’s crime drama Scarface. Luckily, her slinky, boudoir-inspired wardrobe stays on point throughout.

Get the Look: Violet & Wren’s “Sofia” Cami (£115.00) and “Kew” Pyjama Pant (£165.00) in Magnolia Glow.

Related: read “Watch List: 11 Indie Lingerie Brands Shaking Up the Skivvies Industry” here

#12

The Moment: Marilyn Monroe as sexy jazz singer Sugar Kane, pursued by on-the-run Mafia murder witness Jerry (Jack Lemmon) in the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959).

Get the Look: Affinitas’ Sheer “Coco” Babydoll in Black ($59.00).

#13

The Moment: Margot Robbie gets swept up in a world of 80s wealth & excess opposite Leonardo DiCaprio-as-fast living, corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s biographical film The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

Get the Look: Tallulah Love’s Opulent Lace Caramel Bra (£45.00) & Brief (£25.00).

#14

The Moment: Bored housewife Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) seduces college grad Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) via thigh high stockings, leopard print lingerie & more in the 1967 classic, The Graduate.

Get the Look: Dottie’s Delights’ Leopard Bra ($166.00) and Lace Tap Pant ($80.00).

#15

The Moment: Patty Duke as up-and-coming singer Neely O’Hara who achieves success in career and love, only to fall victim to the perils of prescription drugs in the 1966 drama, Valley of the Dolls.

Get the Look: Harlow & Fox’s “Eleanor” Full Cup Bra (£169.00) and Half Slip (£145.00) in Almond.

 

Related: read “Designer Dossier: {un}covering Harlow & Fox” here

#16

The Moment: Angelina Jolie on the job as assassin Jane Smith, whose life is soon turned upside down when she and husband John Smith (Brad Pitt) learn they are both not only assassins, but hired to kill each other in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).

Get the Look: Atsuko Kudo Latex Victorian Corset (£430.83) and Girdle Skirt (£85.00) + Yandy’s Diamond Net Thigh Highs ($3.95).