Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Discover the fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day

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V&A wins Museum of the Year 2016

The prestigious Art Fund MOTY 2016 award recognises a year of outstanding innovation, imagination and achievements for the V&A.

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Photo of Boat building near Flatford Mill, John Constable (1776 - 1837), about 1815, England. Museum no. CIS.  FA.3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Boat building near Flatford Mill, John Constable (1776 - 1837), about 1815, England. Museum no. CIS. FA.3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of ‘The Miraculous Draught of Fishes’, Raphael, 1515-16. On loan from HM Queen Elizabeth II; rcin 912944, (Luke 5:1-11)
‘The Miraculous Draught of Fishes’, Raphael, 1515-16. On loan from HM Queen Elizabeth II; rcin 912944, (Luke 5:1-11)

Photo of Sour orange, Citrus aurantium, Vincenzo Leonardi. Museum no. E.427-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Sour orange, Citrus aurantium, Vincenzo Leonardi. Museum no. E.427-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Portrait miniature of A Young Man Leaning Against a Tree Amongst Roses, possibly Robert Deveraux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1566-1601), Nicholas Hilliard, 1585-95. Museum no. P.163-1910. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Portrait miniature of A Young Man Leaning Against a Tree Amongst Roses, possibly Robert Deveraux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1566-1601), Nicholas Hilliard, 1585-95. Museum no. P.163-1910. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Disappointed Love, Francis Danby (1793 - 1861), 1821, England. Museum no. CIS FA.65[O]. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Disappointed Love, Francis Danby (1793 - 1861), 1821, England. Museum no. CIS FA.65[O]. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Lion - A Newfoundland Dog, Sir Edwin Landseer, 1824, England. Museum no. 852-1894. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Lion - A Newfoundland Dog, Sir Edwin Landseer, 1824, England. Museum no. 852-1894. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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