Vintage Lingerie History Lesson: The Invention Of The Padded Girdle Panty

In the Hope Star, March 21, 1958, the news on the invention of the padded panty girdle.

Latest Girdle For Ladies Has Padded Hips, by Hazel K. Johnson, United Press Staff Correspondent.

Clothing manufacturer Fred Mellinger’s latest contribution to the female form is a girdle with padded hip to round out the sack dress.

The foam rubber apparatus is designed to give the slimmest hipped gal the contours of a Marilyn Monroe.

To date, Mellinger (owner-operator of Frederick’s of Hollywood) has kept his attempts to fill in the female form well above the waistline.

Foresaw Crisis

But when the chemise style came along Mellinger foresaw a new crisis for the diet thin woman and decided he had a wide open market for a girdle that “does something” for the sack dress.

Mellinger’s current model (trade marked “NuCurve”) which many a skinny customer claims are her salvation when it comes to wearing the straight line fashions which are not designed to sag limply around the figure.

With this garment a success the firm has “construction” a model which will pad the hips.

Will Give Little Service

Mellinger’s product obviously will be of little service to the woman who buys a girdle with the idea of achieving results exactly contrary to those of his foam rubber creation.

And he’s gambling that the chemise is here to stay — at least through the summer.

“Our girls can even wear shorts or go swimming. We’ve got a waterproof model,” Mellinger said.

Frederick’s still makes padded panties and girdles, as do many other lingerie makers, so if you need a boost…

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