Defying Gravity!

Well I could never have  imagined a couple of weeks ago that I would one day be talking about my breasts in my blog, far less the underwear that supports them – but here we go – the boob post. Yesterday we went into town to purchase a bra that would be suitable to wear post-surgery. Oh gosh. I tried sports bra’s which did not come in my size and although highly unflattering at least they were ‘sport’s bra’s’ and I could see myself wearing them into the future with good reason. But no, the only suitable bra, in my size (shame on you M &S) is in that certain style that I did not anticipate wearing for, oh, another 30-40 years at least (okay possibly more like 10 years). Beige, no wiring, triple hooks, wide straps, no lace but lovely embroidery, it is a beauty indeed. I have not worn a non-wired bra since teenage years. I even had to get a size bigger than my actual bra size to accomodate dressings etc – lovely.

But oh my goodness I may be converted to the wonders of this structurally miraculous practical purchase!  I now have the figure of a 1950’s pin up (in my own mind at least – and only in the chest area – unfortunately it has not slimmed my waist to 24″, nor has it lengthened my legs. I do however have that slightly madonna-esque conical shape….) and all with the aid of fabric alone. How is this possible? Of course it is a pity that 80% of my wardrobe is now useless and has transformed from being relatively modest to now revealing acres of this super-bra that covers me halfway to my neck, but polo necks might make a comeback, no?

I may go back tomorrow for one in every colour….and try to find some turtle-necks. x


About gillianleesmith

A lifetime fascination with storytelling, history, fairytales and folklore, has led me to create imagery based on the everyday whirling mind of a person who does not always wish to be rooted in the realistic present. Themes of times gone by and reminiscence are especially evident in my designs and my work often delves into the expression and characterisation of our human nature, which we may hide away and only ever glimpse at when prompted by a reflection of our inner selves. My character sculptures in particular are a nod towards my own imaginations, avid reading and childhood dreams. They are a way of seeking the perfect representation of our character. Each tells an original tale, with a single image that endeavors to embody a whole life story in an uncomplicated way. My most recent work begins to explore ‘dwelling places’, a place where we can truly be content and again the setting that truly represents our character and history. Each material used is carefully chosen to create layers of texture incorporating textiles, paper, paint, hand painted imagery and meticulously detailed hand embroidery. The combinations of varying media help me to create many layers and textures, which are evocative of the memories and history that is integral to my work. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005, I have since been working on my own creations as well as teaching workshops with community groups. More recently, I have been coordinating a project involving reminiscence work with older people. This has been a huge source of inspiration to my latest artwork and themes of memories, dreams and childhood.
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2 Responses to Defying Gravity!

  1. Christine says:

    Maybe you’ve identified a gap in the market? Sexy, flattering and comfortable post-surgery bras. That give you a fab figure. And don’t mean you have to wear turtlenecks (although given how August is behaving maybe you’ll need them anyway – I was actually cold last night in bed.) C xxx

  2. SallyF says:

    Crikey you’ve almost sold beige pointy over 50s bras to me too – I quite like the sound of uplifted pointy boobs! Marks & Spencers are absolutely untouchable angels when it comes to the old brassiere. Of course you will now have to buy some new tops too, oh what a shame. Am thinking slashed necklines breton style, and maybe with a stand up collar a la Aubrey Hepburn. Thinking of you luv.

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