Lingerie generally is traditional, feminine, functional, or sporty. Rarely is it considered avant garde. Nona De Samim is trying to change that perception with her N De Samim collection. She ignores the line between underwear and outerwear and peppers her designs with unexpected cutouts that frame a peephole into the feminine form. She designs shirts, dresses, slips, robes, and knickers (sometimes shoes too — at least on her shopping site).
Nona is influenced by history, specifically 16th century France.