Past Exhibition Ran from 16 April 2016 to 12 March 2017

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

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

Hold tight: the lingerie show that will take your breath away

Anna Murphy, The Times

This exhibition explored the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality.

Sponsored by

With over 80 years’ experience revolutionizing the beauty industry and allowing women to express their most glamorous selves, Revlon are thrilled to be a sponsor of the exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. As a brand, Revlon aims to empower and celebrate women.

Sponsored by

Agent Provocateur is delighted to partner with the V&A to be the leading lingerie sponsor for the Undressed Exhibition. Founded in 1994 Agent Provocateur’s unique brand image is renowned for being provocative while celebrating and empowering women.

Exhibition Highlights

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Advertising poster designed by Hans Schleger for the Charnaux Patent Corset Co. Ltd, about 1936. Courtesy of the Hans Schleger Estate

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Brixton Boyz, Jennie Baptiste, 2001. Museum no. E.971-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Paltrow dress
Close Trompe l’oeil corset dress, designed by Antonio Berardi, Spring/Summer 2009, worn by Gwyneth Paltrow. © Sipa Press, REX Shutterstock

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Corset, cotton, whalebone, about 1890. Museum no. T.90-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Man’s top and pants, designed by Sibling, Spring/Summer 2013. Museum no. T.86:1-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tamila
Close ‘Tamila’ lingerie set from the Agent Provocateur Soirée collection, Spring/Summer 2015. Photographer Sebastian Faena, Model Eniko Mihalik

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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear