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Love Bomb: What Katie Did


Playful Promises and What Katie Did modelled by Tessa Kuragi and Jessica Louise Abidde. Photo by Anna Swiczeniuk, MUA by Cheyenne Raymond.

First on the bill for the Big Love-in is vintage-style brand What Katie Did, specialising in 1940s and 50s style lingerie and corsetry, leading the way in the recent retro trend.


Founded by Katie Halford in 1999, What Katie Did initially began by selling just stockings, particularly the fully-fashioned stockings that have remained popular to this day. Katie’s love affair with 1940s and 50s fashion started in her mid-teens and led her on a hunt for the perfect vintage wardrobe. She soon found that while vintage clothing was easy to come by, underwear was deeming tricky.


Sticking as close to authenticity as possible, What Katie Did’s glamorous bullet bras, delicious shape wear and beautiful stockings are all designed based on vintage patterns, only slightly adapted for the modern woman. Authentic fabrics and old-fashioned production methods are employed to ensure retrophiles are not left disappointed.


Choosing a favourite item from the vast collection is far, far too difficult, but I have to say, I am a sucker for her corsets!

Cabaret Lace Morticia Corset

This addition to the Morticia corset range is perfect for a romantic, sophisticated look. I love the use of lace contrasted against the pink, and the (even more!) slimming effect of the black waistband detail.


Leather Gina Corset

For the times when I’m feeling a little less sophisticated, this leather corset is perfect for a naughty Bettie Page look!


Keep your eyes peeled on the What Katie Did blog for their Lovebomb giveaway of a Cabaret Torsolette (featured above) and Kate knickers, available in black or vintage peach, plus a pair of retro seamed stockings in the winners choice of colour! If that's not enough they are offering 10 runners up prizes of their new 80 denier black hosiery with contrasting red seam (tights or stockings, your choice!), to add a bit of sauce to february. Make sure you sign up to the What Katie Did mailing list to be entered.