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Pin-up Extra | news and glamour from The Pin-up Files

22 December 2011

Al Abbazia - contemporary pinup photographer

Want to know more? See the Al Abbazia gallery at the The Pinup Files.

Al Abbazia - pin-up photographer and artist
ARTIST :: Al Abbazia
TITLE :: Blonde Bombshell
MODEL :: Michelle Baker
Copyright © Al Abbazia

17 December 2011

Vintage lingerie

Another in our series of vintage lingerie advertisements - this time it's French and dates from 1957. A seductive bra and garter-belt set "pour la femme raffinée".

Vintage French lingerie ad from 1957 featuring garter-belt and bra
Image may be subject to copyright

30 November 2011

Secrets In Lace 2012 pin-up calendar

This year Secrets In Lace have teamed with pin-up photographer Michael Malak to bring you a limited edition collector's calendar shot with beautiful pin-up models wearing Secrets In Lace lingerie in front of WWII aircraft.


They are also offering each calendar month and the cover photo as 18" x 24" fine art giclée print ready to frame. Only 100 of each limited edition photo will be available, numbered with a certificate of authenticity from The Artpost, printed on archival photo metallic silver paper with archival inks SIGNED by photographer Michael Malak. Each SIL collector's print and certificate will be supplied rolled in a protective heavy duty mail tube and shipped ready to frame.

These prints and the calendar are sure to be a collectors item for years to come so don't delay in getting yours!

28 November 2011

Kelly X :: pin-up artist

Highly talented pin-up artist Kelly X has just completed this gorgeous painting of alternative model Sabina Kelley. It's called "Fun Whip" and was inspired by photographer Shannon Brooke.

Kell X pin-up painting of alternative model Sabina Kelley
ARTIST :: Kelly X
TITLE :: Fun Whip
MODEL :: Sabina Kelley
DATE :: November 2011
Copyright © Kelly X

22 November 2011

Nathalie Rattner :: pin-up artist

We love this beautiful new pin-up by artist Nathalie Rattner. The model  is Claire Sinclair (Playboy Playmate of the year 2011) and it is inspired by a session with Shannon Brooke Imagery.

Nathalie Rattner pin-up picture of model Claire Sinclair
ARTIST :: Nathalie Rattner
TITLE :: Mint Bon Bon
MODEL :: Claire Sinclair
DATE :: 2011
Copyright © Nathalie Rattner

20 November 2011

Michael Malak :: pin-up photographer

Photoshoot by Michael Malak at Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA, USA in November 2011. The model is Alexa Rajcova and the video is by Allen Freeman.


One of 16 shoots to be collected into the 300 page book: "Wings of Angels". A Tribute to the Art of WWII Pinup & Aviation. Go to Malak Photography for more information.

12 November 2011

Vintage lingerie

Vintage lingerie ad for a Lovable bulllet bra from 1952
Image may be subject to copyright
Another in our series of vintage lingerie advertisements...

This bullet bra advertisement comes from classic brand "Lovable" and was published in 1952.

9 November 2011

Amelia Nightmare - pin-up model

Amelia Nightmare (Amelia Dinmore) was born in 1987 in Redlands, California where she still lives. Young "Tilly" was shy but always a little outgoing with her style and always fascinated with colour. She gradually evolved into the flamboyant, exotic and stunning alternative pin-up she is today.

Says Amelia: "I'm a hair stylist, make up artist, and model. I LOVE creative and artistic concepts, colors, and visions. I am a big fan of color, fetish, Alt, pinup and I pretty much dig anything super artsy!"

Amelia Nightmare has worked with our featured photographer Robert Alvarado.

Amelia Nightmare pinup model
MODEL :: Amelia Nightmare
PHOTOGRAPHER ::  Robert Alvarado
Copyright © Robert Alvarado





5 November 2011

Sucker Punch

Babydoll from the movie Sucker Punch
ARTIST :: Warren Louw
TITLE :: "Baby Doll"
DATE :: 2011
Copyright © Warren Louw

movie :: Sucker Punch

We really love this!! The artist is Warren Louw and this amazing digital artwork is called "Baby Doll". For those of you who don't know the film, she is one of the main characters.

"A young girl (Baby Doll) is locked away in a mental asylum by her abusive stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in five days' time. Faced with unimaginable odds, she retreats to a fantastical world in her imagination where she and four other female inmates at the asylum, plot to escape the facility. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her four companions, as well as a mysterious guide, fight to retrieve the five items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it's too late." IMDB

3 November 2011

Sabina Kelley - pin-up model

Says Sabina Kelley: "I'm a professional international pinup model. I also do other shoots besides pinup such as fashion, glamour, fetish, lingerie, and swimsuit. I do not do nude pictures, so PLEASE don't ask, unless you're Playboy! I have worked with David LaChapelle, Bunny Yeager, and many other top photographers. Besides Modeling I used to be a Las Vegas Showgirl in Jubilee at Ballys Hotel, and I'm currently a Burlesque dancer."

Sabina Kelly has worked with our featured photographers Viva Van Story and Shannon Brooke.

Sabina Kelley pinup model
MODEL :: Sabina Kelley
Photo subject to copyright

30 October 2011

Stockings :: a glossary of terms

Fully fashioned (FF)
This refers to stockings that are knitted flat on vintage machinery, and then sewn up the back with a genuine seam and finishing loop. Genuine fully fashioned stockings are now very rare but much sought after (see fig 1 & fig 2).
Contrast heal and seam
Many would say the ultimate in hosiery, striking, sophisticated and very daring, this type of stocking features a contrast colour foot, seam and welt. Sometime bright colours may be used as the "contrast", but often it wil be a black seam, heel, toe and welt featuring as part of a "nude" stocking (see fig 1).
Cuban heel
Type of heel on a fully fashioned stocking whereby the reinforced part is squared off above the back of the ankle, rather than tapering to a point (see fig 1).

fully fashend stockings with cuban heel and contrast seam
fig 1
Fully fashioned stockings with a combination of "cuban heel" and "contrast heel and seam"
1951
Copyright © Nebel Knitwear Company



French heel
Also known as a point heel, it's the type of heel on a fully fashioned stocking whereby the reinforced part tapers off to a point, helping to accentuate the length and shape of the leg (see fig 2).
Reinforced heel and toe (RHT)
Stockings that have a reinforced heel and toe. Classic RHTs are generally made from 100% non-stretch nylon, and along with fully fashioned stockings, are the most reminiscent of the golden era of the 1950s. RHT stockings do not have a seam.
Sandal toe
Sheer, invisible toe - ideal for wearing with strappy sandals or open toe shoes. May come with or without reinforced heel.
Welt
As a term specific to stockings it describes the double thickness at the stocking top. Fully fashioned stockings have a finishing loop at the back of the stocking welt (see fig 2).

Fully fashioned stockings with a French heel
fig 2
Fully fashioned stockings with a "French heel" and "finishing loop" in the welt
Copyright © Hidden Assets
Denier
This is a guide to whether the hosiery is sheer (see through) or opaque. Low deniers are sheer. High deniers are opaque. Technically it's defined as the weight in grams of 9000 meters of yarn. Standard sheer hosiery tends to be in the 10-20 denier range. Anything less than 10 denier is considered ultra sheer. Higher deniers tend to be semi-opaque (around 30 denier) or fully opaque (45-50 and above).

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26 October 2011

Drew Posada - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Drew Posada gallery at The Pinup Files.

Drew Posada pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Drew POSADA
Copyright © Drew Posada.

25 October 2011

Vintage lingerie

Another in our series of vintage lingerie advertisements...

This beautiful advertisement comes from classic brand "Perma-lift" and was published in 1951 - a pink bullet bra and girdle set.

Vintage girdle and bullet bra advertisement from Permalift - 1951
Image may be subject to copyright

24 October 2011

Vintage lingerie

Another in our series of vintage lingerie advertisements...

This fabulous corselette is from "J Roussel Ltd (of Paris)" who in this advertisement proudly invites us to premises in London and other major UK cities to view their Roussel Belts, Brassierres, Corselettes & Panties.

Image may be subject to copyright

19 October 2011

Robert Mills - contemporay pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Robert Mills gallery at the The Pinup Files

Robert Mills pin-up girl art
ARTIST :: Robert Mills
TITLE :: Bianca
DATE :: 2008
Copyright © Robert Mills

16 October 2011

Michael Malak :: pin-up photographer

Photoshoot by Michael Malak at Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA, USA on 22nd September 2011.

This is one of 16 shoots to be collected into the 300 page book "Wings of Angels", a Tribute to the Art of WWII Pin-up & Aviation. The model is the gorgeous Claire Sinclair, Playboy Model of The Year 2011.

Go to Malak Photography for more information.

15 October 2011

Shannon Brooke - contemporary pinup photographer

Want to know more? See the Shannon Brooke gallery at the The Pinup Files

Shannon Brooke contemporary pin-up photographer
PHOTOGRAPHER :: Shannon Brooke
Copyright © Shannon Brooke


23 September 2011

Bill Ward - vintage pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Bill Ward gallery at The Pinup Files.

Bill Ward vintage pin-up cartoon artist
ARTIST :: Bill WARD
"I hear you're engaged to a second lieutenant! Did the first one get away?"
Subject to copyright

22 September 2011

Marcus Gray - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Marcus Gray gallery at The Pinup Files.

Marcus Gray pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Marcus GRAY
Copyright © Marcus Gray

21 September 2011

Al Buell - vintage pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Al Buell gallery at The Pin-up Files.

Al Buell vintage pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Al BUELL
Copyright © Brown & Bigelow

20 September 2011

Carlos Diez - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Carlos Diez gallery at The Pinup Files.

Carlos Diez contemporary pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Carlos DIEZ
Copyright © Carlos Diez

19 September 2011

Michael Landefeld - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Michael Landefeld galleries at The Pinup Files.

Michael Landefeld contemporary pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Michael LANDEFELD
Copyright © Michael Landefeld

18 September 2011

Al Moore - vintage pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Al Moore gallery at The Pinup Files.

Al Moore vintage pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Al MOORE
"July" - from 1950 Esquire calendar
Esquire © Hearst Communications Inc.

17 September 2011

Who painted this pin-up?

The Pin-up Files has been asked to help identitfy this beautiful pin-up painting. It is unsigned, we do not recognize it and cannot place the style. It looks like it should be 1940s or 1950s and we are told it's condition indicates it could come from that period.

We love this painting and we'd love to identify the artist! Can you help?

Who painted this pin-up girl?
Artist unknown
Subject to copyright
We will pass on any suggestions you may have...

16 September 2011

Jay Scott Pike - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Jay Scott Pike gallery at The Pinup Files.

Jay Scott Pike contemporary pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Jay Scott PIKE
Copyright © Jay Scott Pike & MOP Pin-up

15 September 2011

Jack Cole - vintage pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Jack Cole gallery at The Pin-up Files.

Jack Cole vintage pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Jack Cole
CAPTION :: "Let's walk past the Y.M.C.A. and listen to the windows break!"
Subject to copyright

14 September 2011

Ralph Burch - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Ralph Burch gallery at The Pinup Files.

Ralph Burch contemporary pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Ralph BURCH
Copyright © Ralph Burch

12 September 2011

Danielle Bedics - contemporary pinup photographer

Want to know more? See the Danielle Bedics gallery at The Pin-up Files.

Danielle Bedics contemporary pin-up photographer
PHOTOGRAPHER :: Danielle BEDICS
MODELS :: Heidi Van Horne and Sabina Kelley
Copyright © Danielle Bedics

10 September 2011

Edward Runci - vintage pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Edward Runci gallery at The Pinup Files.

Edward Runci vintage pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Edward RUNCI
Subject to copyright

9 September 2011

Olivia de Berardinis - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Olivia de Berardinis galleries at The Pinup Files.

Olivia de Berardinis contemporary pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Olivia de BERARDINIS
Copyright © Olivia de Berardinis

6 September 2011

5 September 2011

Alberto Vargas - vintage pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Alberto Vargas galleries at The Pinup Files.

Alberto Vargas vintage pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Alberto VARGAS
Copyright © Esquire - Hearst Communications Inc.

4 September 2011

Greg Hildebrandt - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Greg Hildebrandt galleries at The Pinup Files.

Greg Hildebrandt contemporary pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Greg HILDEBRANDT
Copyright © Greg Hildebrandt

3 September 2011

George Petty - vintage pinup artist

Want to know more? See the George Petty galleries at The Pinup Files.

George Petty Vintage pin-up artist
ARTIST :: George PETTY
This image is subject to copyright

2 September 2011

Jessica Dougherty - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Jessica Dougherty galleries at The Pin-up Files.

Jessica Dougherty contemporary pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Jessica DOUGHERTY
Copyright © Jessica Dougherty

22 August 2011

Dino Petrocelli - contemporary pinup photographer

Want to know more? See the Dino Petrocelli gallery at The Pinup files.

Dino Petrocelli
PHOTOGRAPHER :: Dino Petrocelli
MODEL :: Leah Jung
Copyright © Dino Petrocelli
.

20 August 2011

Secrets in Lace :: lingerie for pin-up girls

The Pin-up Files loves the glamorous retro lingerie sold by Secrets in Lace. Their classy collection of retro girdles, bullet bras, garter belts and fully-fashioned stockings deserves to be the focal point of any pin-up girl's lingerie collection.

THE GIFT OF GLAMOUR - keep the romance alive... can you resist going to Secrets in Lace?

We will adding new posts here as new designs, collections and items become available:
Recently, Secrets in Lace have produced a whole range "Bettie Page" lingerie - see girdle and bra from the collection (fig 1) and has worked with burlesque star Dita Von Teese on every aspect of a range of stockings (fig 2).

lingerie for pin-up girls
fig 1
Lingerie for pin-up girls from Secrets in Lace
The Dita Von Teese stockings collection
fig 2
The Dita Von Teese Stockings Collection
"Dita wears these stockings everyday! We worked with Dita on every aspect of these stockings including the styling, color and welt imprint. The Dita Full Fashion Stockings are made to the exacting standards of the 1950's originals complete with her trademark logo imprint on the welt, a hand sewn backseam and finishing hole at the top of the welt. Exclusively for Dita Von Teese by Secrets In Lace."
Secrets In Lace is the worlds premier supplier of authentic 100% nylon stockings, elegant lingerie, garter belts,girdles and bullet bras. Secrets in Lace products are worn by the worlds most famous and influential women. Only they know what lays beneath their classically elegant attire... their "Secrets In Lace".  

The Pin-up Files invites you to share in this incredible feeling and expression of femininity.

14 August 2011

Jane Queen (Dangerously Dolly) - contemporary pinup photographer

Want to know more? See the Dangerously Dolly gallery at the The Pin-up Files.

PHOTOGRAPHER :: Dangerously Dolly
MODEL :: Bridget Blonde
Copyright © Dangerously Dolly

4 August 2011

Enoch Bolles :: pin-up advertising

We don't often see the  pin-up work of Enoch Bolles in vintage advertising and here is a very nice example.

This advertisment for Zippo lighters originally appeared in the Christmas 1937 edition of Esquire magazine. The caption says "She passed the fan test" after apparently being able to light a cigarette on a windy day whilst calmly keeping her skirt in place as it is assailed by the very same atmospheric turbulence.

Enoch Bolles Zippo advertisement
1937
Image subject to copyright
See the Enoch Bolles gallery at the The Pin-up Files.

23 July 2011

Fritz Willis :: pin-up advertising

We don't often see the "advertising" pin-up work of Fritz Willis and here are some great examples.

"Trend" was pretty versatile as it could do the dishes, wash that flimsy lingerie AND make sure your nylons sparkled!

1947
Image subject to copyright




1947
Image subject to copyright


1947
Image subject to copyright
See the Fritz Willis gallery at the The Pin-up Files.

14 July 2011

Kelly X - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Kelly X gallery at The Pinup Files.

Kelly X - pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Kelly X
TITLE :: "Original Sin"
YEAR :: 2011
MODEL :: Clair Sinclair (Playmate of the year 2011)
Inspired by glamor photographer Michael Malak
Copyright © Kelly X

5 July 2011

Fiona Stephenson - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Fiona Stephenson gallery at the Pinup Files.

Fiona Stephenson - pin-up artist
ARTIST :: Fiona Stephenson
TITLE :: "Right Fit"
YEAR :: 2008
MODEL :: Bernie Dexter
Copyright © Fiona Stephenson

29 June 2011

Nathalie Rattner pin-up artist

On 22.11.2010 we launched Nathallie Rattner's 1st gallery at The Pin-up Files. If you have not yet seen her work it is not to be missed!!

Nathalie maintains her reputation for being a prolific artist and continues her pin-up work into 2011. We hope to be able to continue to showcase selections of her new work on site soon after publication.

Our latest Nathalie Rattner fix has just been uploaded to the main site! I first saw it a couple of days ago and was quite astonished - see what you think. A very weird and wonderful work of work of powerful beauty!!


Nathalie Rattner pin-up girl
ARTIST :: Nathalie Rattner
TITLE: Vintage Vandalizm
MODEL: Vintage Vandalizm (a.k.a Jasmin Rodriguez)

Copyright  © Nathalie Rattner 2011
This beautiful pin-up, was done on wood board with pastel, watercolor, charcoal and ink. The Pin-up Files is once again amazed at the brilliance of this artist and is one of the latest additions to gallery 2!

Flashback } 22.11.2010
"We are delighted to announce that the Nathalie Rattner gallery at the The Pin-up Files has just gone live! She is a prolific, and technically brilliant young artist and we are launching her gallery with her series of pin-ups begun in 2010.

"Her work is stunning and her sense of composition and instinctive grasp of "pin-up realism" are masterful.

"With her unique method of combining shaved charcoal, graphite and dry pastel with ink and airbrushing techniques, she is able to breathe distinctive life and energy into these classic pieces of art".
Flashback } 20.11.2010
"We are about to start work on a new gallery at The Pin-up Files for Canadian artist Nathalie Rattner. Her work is absolutely beautiful and we are delighted she made contact with us.

"Nathalie's series of pin-up artworks takes her audience on a journey through the glamour and beauty of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, all the way up to the best modern day examples of the art-form.

"We hope to go live with Nathalie's gallery of pin up girl painting's at some point next week. Watch out for our announcement".

14 June 2011

"WINGS OF ANGELS" pin-up contest!

This is part of  WWII Pinup book project, "Wings of Angels", being shot at Yanks Air Museum in Chino, CA.

The contest is open to anyone throughout the world.

Starting in August of this year. Bettie Page Clothing has agreed to donate 1940's period clothing for each of the models, and Secrets in Lace has just agreed to supply ALL lingerie. WWII Vintage style pinups with the models posed in and around WWII aircraft, wearing SIL lingerie. The models will also be wearing WWII bomber jackets and props from WWII.

 


26 May 2011

Michael Malak - contemporary pinup photographer

Want to know more? See the Michael Malak gallery at the The Pinup Files.

Michael Malak - pin-up artist
"Mandee Varela" - Nurse Miss S. Leslie
Copyright © Michael Malak
2011

22 March 2011

Matt Dixon - contemporary pinup artist

Want to know more? See the Matt Dixon gallery at the The Pin-up Files.

Matt Dixon - pin-up artist
"Red's Revenge"
Copyright © Matt Dixon
2010

17 March 2011

Michael Landefeld - pin-up artist

The Michael Landefeld gallery at the The Pin-up Files has just gone live!

Michael Landefeld is best known for his beautiful pin-up girls, whose fusion of retro charm and modern spice make them instantly recognizable and known throughout the art world.

Michael's pin-up girls can be seen on everything from tee shirts to stickers to rolling papers. His girls have even shown up as tattoos and boat art. Most recently, members of the Armed Forces have used Michael's military inspired pin-ups as Unit Combat Patches and even decals on Black Hawk Helicopters.


Michael Landefeld - pin-up artist
"Rockabilly"
Copyright © Michael Landefeld
2010
Michael Landefeld's clients include Hard Rock Cafe and Hooters Restaurants and can be contacted at: michael@mlteedesigns.com for information on commission art.