Luxury underwear

Luxury underwear

With the release of the 2010 Diamond Fantasy Bra from Victoria’s Secret (worth a whopping $2.5 million), everyone’s mind is on expensive lingerie. And when I say “expensive,” I mean the sort of lingerie where, if you have to check the price tag, you almost certainly cannot afford it.

Here is the list of 5 most expensive luxury lingerie brands open to the general public.

Bordelle – Founded in 2007 by Alexandra Popa and Javier Suarez, Bordelle updates the vintage classics with a decidedly modern (some might even say “kinky” sensibility). Slinky, sexy, and utterly sensual, Bordelle isn’t for the faint of heart or faint of wallet. Their trademark bandage dresses start at $500 and go as high as $1400.

Carine Gilson – The most established designer on this list, Carine Gilson has been designing couture lingerie since 1994. She uses only the softest silk, the most delicate lace, and the sheerest chiffon. Every item is a handcrafted work of a art, worth more ounce for ounce, than even some of the finest jewelry. A Carine Gilson thong (her most basic piece) starts at $240 with her full-length kimonos selling for just over $1360.

Agent Provocateur – Did for luxury lingerie what Victoria’s Secret did for mainstream lingerie, making its name synonymous with elegant, expensive, and erotic underthings. You may not have heard of the other four names on the list, but you’ve almost certainly heard of Agent Provocateur. With $800 bodysuits, $900 kimonos, and $1100 robes, AP has most certainly earned their spot.

Jean Yu-Gorgeous – Feminine, and ethereal, Jean Yu’s designs are striking in their simplicity. Every lightweight, airy piece is also limited edition, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. A basic silk triangle bra starts at $320, and a full lingerie set (bra, knickers, & garter belt) can easily cost over $1,000. Jean Yu also runs an atelier in New York if you’d like to have your lingerie made to measure.

Guia La Bruna – Guia is one of the youngest designers on this list, but her vibrant outlook on life is evident in her designs. Unlike many designers who outsource key aspects of their manufacturing to other companies, Guia La Bruna produces everything in house, from the samples to the end design. This lets her maintain the impeccable standards of quality and craftsmanship she is famous for. Guia’s bra and knicker sets start at $665 and her cami and knicker sets retail for $830.