Touring Exhibition: Undressed - 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion
Exhibition available to hire
Underwear is fashion's foundation. The majestic shapes of 18th-century court dress, the distorted hourglass shapes of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and Dior's cinched 'New Look' were all dependent upon elaborate corsetry, technologically complex petticoats, hoops and padded underpinnings. This exhibition looks at the history of private and intimate clothing – from corsets to court mantuas and boudoir wear to bustles – exploring underwear's function in decorating and manipulating the body. Featuring highlights from the V&A's extensive collection of underwear, the objects will be displayed thematically and shown alongside contextual images from the V&A's archives.
Size: Approx 300m2
Available from March 2015
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Corselette, Satin, coutil, boning and elastic, Portsmouth England, 1940’s, T.175-1998, © V&A Images/ Victoria and Albert Museum.
‘Thomson’s Empress A’ Cage Crinoline
‘Thomson’s Empress A’ Cage Crinoline, W.S. & E.H. Thomson, 1865-1868. Museum no. T.51-1980