The V&A is always putting on spectacular exhibitions and Undressed – A Brief History of Underwear is no exception. Whether you love fashion, underwear, or both, it is a sumptuous, sexy, fascinating look at the evolution of underclothes.
According to the V&A site:
This exhibition tells the story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day. It explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal. Underwear is sometimes controversial, sparking debates about health and hygiene, body image and stereotyping. Its cut, fit, fabric and decoration reflect changing attitudes to gender, sex and morality; shifting notions of public and private; and innovations in fabric technology and design.
You don’t have to be interested in the politics and social semantics to enjoy the incredible designs though. It’s a fun look at how fashion changes with the times, and how one era’s undergarments become another generation’s streetwear!
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