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West Village Local Opens Lingerie Store and Art Gallery on Christopher St.

By Danielle Tcholakian | July 29, 2016 3:39pm | Updated on August 1, 2016 8:46am
 Longtime set designer Holly Boardman wants lingerie to be
Longtime set designer Holly Boardman wants lingerie to be "a lifestyle."
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WEST VILLAGE — A West Village resident opened a new lingerie boutique and art gallery on Christopher Street that she's aiming to make "a culture place where events are happening."

Holly Boardman, a Vermont native and graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, spent 15 years as a set designer for indie films and ran a small art center in Shelbourne, Vermont, before opening Musée Lingerie at 114 Christopher St. this July, right around the corner from her home on Hudson Street.

"I've always been connected to the city and I've always had great connections with art and sexy," Boardman said. "What I'm trying to create is more of a lifestyle store. I've always been a fan of lingerie and I feel like for many women, it's a lifestyle."

The first artist adorning the small shop's exposed brick walls is abstract artist Rachel Volpone. In October, Boardman will feature London-based "boudoir artist" Skye Holland, and December will bring custom corsets by Anjanette Lemak.

She plans to have the artists do live sketching and give talks.

"It's not just where you come to buy lingerie," Boardman said of her store, where all of the furniture, lighting fixtures and art is for sale and will be changing monthly or seasonally. "It's going to be a place where you come to learn about arts and different types of artists."

The store's current interior design skews industrial, with eight one-of-a-kind chandeliers and desk and floor lamps by a group of designers called Conant Metal and Light. Boardman is planning to redecorate in a more Victorian style next.

"Come Christmastime, it'll be a whole 'nother feel, because another artist comes in," she said.