Stereotypes fill the world of media on transgendered individuals. Think of the 1995 comedy “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Legquizamo. While portrayed as “cutesie”, finding lingerie that fills the bill for men transforming into women is not easy. Indeed, there was no product available for these persons wishing to dress on the outside as they feel on the inside until Interior Designer and fashion stylist Cy Lauz, who was going through transition from male to female, got together with Creative Director Simone Tobias (also a transwoman) to create a specially designed brand of lingerie for the transgender community that they dubbed Chrysalis.
Created for transgenders by transgenders, Chrysalis offers brassieres designed with hidden pockets to hold full-cup silicone inserts and the panty line is created with an elastic power mesh that will lift and tuck what they affectionately call the “venis” (a transgendered woman’s penis).
The colors available currently are black, plum, nude, chocolate, and burgundy and Chrysalis’s designers share they will officially launch the line around May (2013). They will follow up with a couture line in fall that will be lacy and frilly and include teddies as well as leggings. (You can join their mailing list to get updates on the launch of their online store).
Each item is stamped with their signature logo, a chrysalis which is a butterfly in its cocoon stage. Quite fitting, and so is the line for transgender figures who just want to feel pretty and sexy.
Chrysalis isn’t just for the transgender community. It can also be worn by women who’ve undergone mastectomies, and anyone who just wants to experience the pleasure of feminine undergarments. Check out their website at www.chrysalislingerie.com.
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