Frederick's of Hollywood

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Frederick's of Hollywood
Founded1947; 76 years ago (1947)
FounderFrederick Mellinger
HeadquartersUnited States
ParentAuthentic Brands Group

Frederick's of Hollywood is an American lingerie brand formerly with stores in shopping malls across the United States. In 2015, all 111 retail stores were closed before a bankruptcy filing. The brand was acquired by Authentic Brands Group and was relaunched as an online-only store, FOH Online Corp. In 2018, Naked Brand Group, Inc. acquired FOH Online Corp.

History and operations[edit]

The business was started by Frederick Mellinger[1] (inventor of the push-up bra) in 1947.[2] Frederick's sold bras, panties, corsets, bedroom slippers, a vast array of hosiery, bridal lingerie, special occasion lingerie, and more. The original flagship store[3] was a landmark on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. In September 2005, after 59 years, the store moved to the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

The store previously housed The Lingerie Museum featuring The Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame, which exhibited a collection of underwear worn by Hollywood movie stars, such as one of Madonna's pointy-breasted corsets.

Frederick's of Hollywood was the market leader in lingerie until the 1980s when it was overtaken by Victoria's Secret.[2]

In 1992, Frederick's lingerie museum drew national media attention when looted during the Los Angeles riots. Madonna’s black bustier, which was worn in her music video for Open Your Heart, was stolen and has never been returned despite a $1,000 reward from Frederick’s. Madonna gave the museum a replacement in exchange for a $10,000 donation to an organization that supplied free mammograms to people experiencing poverty. Other lingeries stolen in the store were Ava Gardner's bloomers and a push-up bra worn by actress Katey Sagal in Married... with Children. One repentant looter delivered a bag of Gardner's and Sagal's lingeries to the pastor at nearby Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Hollywood.[4][5][6][7] An Austin newspaper noted that Blessed Sacrament's pastor "may be the only priest in America to ever comfort a man who felt guilty about stealing celebrity bloomers."[8] In an article titled "Support Is Generous for Bra Museum", the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that such an "uplifting story could only happen in Hollywood."[9]

Some of the lingerie worn by the iconic 1950s pin-up Bettie Page was from Frederick's of Hollywood.[2]

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001. In 2003, it emerged from bankruptcy and was headquartered in Los Angeles. In 2006, it merged with New York City sleepwear manufacturer Movie Star, and the headquarters was moved to New York.[10] In 2008, the company changed its name to Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc.[11] The company was traded on the American Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FOHL, but in May 2014, the company was taken private by Harbinger Group and other investors.[12] Its headquarters remain in New York City.

In 2015, the company closed its stores and again filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[13][14] Its brand and online operations were acquired by Authentic Brands Group. The company announced it would be online only, with possible plans to create products for sale in department stores and other retail outlets.[15]

In 2018, the company's online operations were acquired by the Naked Brand Group Inc.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Fredericks of Hollywood Lingerie". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c John Baxter (February 10, 2009). Carnal Knowledge: Baxter's Concise Encyclopedia of Modern Sex. HarperCollins. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-06-087434-6. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Frederick’s (of Hollywood) – Started in an office on Hollywood Boulevard. Then the firm established a warehouse on Wilcox south of Sunset. Then on Hollywood Boulevard to a former Kress's Department Store."
  4. ^ Seth Mydans (May 6, 2002). "After the riots; Confessions of a Star-Struck Looter". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Connie Cass (May 6, 1992). "LA Police take more heat; Unrest declared at an end". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  6. ^ Steve Harvey (May 2, 2002). "Los Angeles; Only in L.A.; Bird? Bone? Front Window? Maybe the Perpetrator Suffered a Vertigo Attack". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 5, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "An odd haul finds its way to L.A. police out of remorse and fear, people are returning what was taken". The Philadelphia Inquirer. May 6, 2002.
  8. ^ John Kelso (May 9, 1992). "Famous lingerie part of the job for priest at Hollywood church". Austin American-Statesmen.
  9. ^ Elaine Viets (May 20, 1992). "Support Is Generous For Bra Museum". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  10. ^ Frederick's of Hollywood going public – December 19, 2006
  11. ^ "Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc. – – Retrieved August 5, 2009". Reuters. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Frederick's of Hollywood Group Completes 'Going Private' Transaction". PR Newswire. May 30, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  13. ^ Brickley, Peg (April 20, 2015). "Frederick's of Hollywood Files for Bankruptcy Protection". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  14. ^ Reed, Sam (April 16, 2015). "Frederick's of Hollywood Is Closing All Stores". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  15. ^ Authentic Brands wants to expand Frederick’s of Hollywood products to new channels
  16. ^ – 2018
  17. ^ "Naked Brand Group Limited Completes Acquisition of Fredericks of Hollywood Global E-Commerce Licensee, FOH Online Corp". Yahoo Finance. November 18, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2021.

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