Reference number
  • D/085
  • Collection
  • 1999-2011
Extent and medium
  • 39 boxes and 17 bundles
  • ┆The bulk of the collection comprises full-size cardboard cutting patterns for lingerie designs, including bras, nightdresses, basques and knickers. There is also a small amount of sketches, drawings, patterns and line sheets with cutting instructions, fabric samples, swatches, correspondence, advertising material and brochures.
Administrative history
  • ┆Janet Phillips was born in September 1935 to a Jewish family in the East End of London. Her father ran a textile business and manufactured bras. Phillips studied at the School of Corsetry at Leicester College of Art (now the Contour Fashion course at De Montfort University) after which she worked as a freelance designer. In 1966 she opened her own shop with husband Peter Reger. Her designs were considered revolutionary: lacy lingerie, matching sets and luxury fabrics. Reger died in March 2005 of breast cancer. Her daughter Aliza Reger took over as Chief Executive of the company.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for research access.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copyright is held by Aliza Reger and the patterns may not be copied or reproduced for commercial reasons.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
  • Some of the patterns are awkward to handle.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
Finding aids
  • A box list is available for the sketches, cutting instructions, fabric swatches etc.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Deposited at Special Collections by Aliza Reger in 2017.
Publication notes
  • The Fashion and Textiles section of the Special Collections Rare Books includes Janet Reger's autobiography and some brochures for the company.
Archivist's note
  • Fonds level description by Katharine Short, archivist.
Date(s) of descriptions
  • June 2019