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John Kacere Finally Gets A Panty Line
Posted by Lingerie Talk | April 10, 2015

If the promo images (and the products too) from new undies brand Tsk-Tsk look familiar, it’s probably because you have a taste for vintage pinup art … or highbrow indie cinema.

The debut collection from this cheeky NYC label was inspired in part by the widely-seen paintings of photorealism artist John Kacere, who turned the panty-clad female derrière into a cultural touchstone of the 1970s and 80s.

John Kacere, Jutta (top) and image from Lost In Translation.

Kacere, who died in 1999, earned a second shot at artistic immortality in 2003 when director Sofia Coppola based the iconic opening sequence of Lost In Translation (showing Scarlett Johansson‘s backside in sheer peach panties) on Kacere’s style. (The cotton crêpe briefs used in the shot were created by a young Araks Yeramyan, and have become an enduring bestseller for the New York lingerie and womenswear brand Araks.)

Now, Kacere’s unmistakeable legacy is at the heart of Tsk-Tsk, the latest project from artist, diarist and zine creator Victoria Yee Howe.

Unabashedly inspired by Kacere and “an obsession with late 60s/early 70s girlie mags”, Yee Howe delivers a set of five styles (one with matching garter) that reclaim the classic lowrider hipster cut that became popular in the 1970s.

Pieces are fashioned from sheer mesh or silk, with several featuring a ruched back seam that looks like it could have been worn by one of Kacere’s models 40 years ago.

Prices range from $45 to $70 (for the Frankie style with peekaboo buttoned back), and you can get free shipping if you use the code ‘BFF’ on the Tsk-Tsk webshop. Everything is handmade to order in Manhattan, so expect up to two weeks for delivery.


Tsk-Tsk‘s debut also includes a one-off collaboration with the eccentric art-photo magazine Toilet Paper (above).

Yee Howe teamed up with TP’s Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari to create a set of seven briefs in silk crêpe de chine, each featuring a different image from the magazine. A three-piece set sells for $140 and is being billed as the first in a series of “artist capsules” from the new brand. That sounds like something to watch for.

Below are the Kacere-inspired lookbook images, shot by Lianna Tarantin, for the Tsk-Tsk debut.

Brigitta w/garter
Kiki (electric blue)
Kiki (tomato)

2 Responses to “John Kacere Finally Gets A Panty Line”

  1. James says:

    Scarlett Johansson was having second thoughts about wearing the panty in that scene, she said that Sofia Coppola reassured her by wearing the same type to show her how it will look and Scarlett went ahead with the scene.

    Scarlett commented on this on some late night show I can’t remember the name.

  2. Patrick says:

    Nice. Very sexy.

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