The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi

fashion illustrations - The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi
fashion illustrations - The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi
fashion illustrations - The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi

For years, I have collected vintage fashion illustrations produced for the dailies of the 1960s and 70s. They’re an endless source of inspiration to me as a designer, and one that has helped to shape the Divuarae aesthetic from the beginning.

That’s why, after my brand was launched, I wanted to bring things full circle by creating my very own character. Lady Elegance, originally designed by multi-media fetish artist Sugar May and seen on our Bespoke information page, is the visual embodiment of the Divaurae brand. Confident, sassy, and always sensually dressed from head to toe, her raison d’être is to help people find the lingerie of their most fantastical dreams.

This year, I’m excited to be giving Lady Elegance a fresh new look through an upcoming collaboration with iconic boudoir art illustrator Amalia Russiello of Madame Dabi. Amalia’s work blends lavish Baroque & Rococo décor and fashion with elements of the 1920s and 30s, and perfectly captures the beauty and glamour of women in high society during these eras. 

fashion illustrations - The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi

Her characters are sweet and fairytale-like, but sensual too with their rosy-lipped pouts, revealing outfits, and provocative poses. They give a new meaning to honey-sweet decadence, one with added spice – and one that I feel perfectly fits in with the world of Divaurae.

Divaurae lingerie is about giving in to temptation and adorning yourself with the finest and most sensual of things, much like the women in Amalia’s fashion illustrations. You, my dear reader, and I are all a little ‘Madame Dabi’ at heart! We value the freedom to truly indulge our femininity, and we love to wear fine silks, lace, and beautiful jewellery.

We are the people for whom time stands still when we’re dressing in the morning. The seconds stop as we get lost in thought about which bra to wear with which panties, which blouse to put on top and which perfume. Amalia’s artworks reflect this mindset of the boudoir-focused lady, and I can’t wait to see Lady Elegance reimagined through the lens of Madame Dabi. Not to mention the very fascinating space of men’s boudoir elegance which Amalia has yet to explore.

Want to add some Madame Dabi-like romance and mystery to your daily life? I highly recommend taking a look at my Haley – Lady in Pearls collection, which is a real ‘vintage luxury’ lingerie range inspired by the silhouettes and construction techniques the 1950s. Whether it’s the intricate details such as the ruched silk garter straps and ribbon rosebuds that draws you in, or the thought of wearing a sumptuous, double-layered silk bra and panty, you’ll feel like you’re living inside your very own Madame Dabi illustration every time you dress yourself in it. Or, if you’re a man, check out my Mensoul collection. Silk luxury isn’t just for women!

Don’t think you’d dare to wear such sensually-charged underwear or loungewear? I say, be crazy – do it! Home is where you should feel completely free to indulge in such things. And while you might not be feeling confident now, once you put on a beautiful lingerie set or feel the cool, slinky touch of silk on your skin, believe me, that will change. And remember, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself and start living that elegance, decadence-filled lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

As for the Lady Elegance’s transformation, you’ll have to wait a little longer to see it. In the meantime though, you can peruse and purchase Amalia’s extensive archive of fashion illustrations via the Madame Dabi Etsy store.

fashion illustrations - The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi
fashion illustrations - The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi
fashion illustrations - The Story Continues: Divaurae x Madame Dabi