• Dressing gown, Negligée, 1930s. Museum no. T.308-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Fashion photograph, John French, 1960s. Museum no. JF6076/5. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Petticoat, Jacques Fath, 1957, Museum no. T.173A-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Undressed: 350 years of underwear in fashion

28 March–12 July 2015

Uncover fashion’s secret history with Undressed: 350 years of underwear in fashion.

Organised by the world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this exhibition features more than 80 garments from the V&A’s extensive collection of underwear, many which have never before been on public display. It spans 350 years of fashion history, bringing together the garments that secretly and privately reduced, lifted, padded, adorned, revealed and concealed the body.

From corsets and petticoats, brassieres and boudoir wear to bustles, Undressed explores underwear’s function in decorating and manipulating the body.

Highlights include Queen Victoria’s undergarments, one of the earliest known bras, and many rare, delicate and beautifully detailed items worn by some of the world’s most glamorous women. Men’s underclothes will also be revealed, as will everyday essentials by major retailers such as Marks & Spencer.

From the dramatic engineering of a 17th century iron corset through to the satin revolution of the Wonderbra, see striking pieces by world famous fashion designers, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, to the avant-garde freedom of Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood.

Please note that photography is not permitted in this exhibition.

An exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 

 

 


Love fashion? Explore more fabulous fashion exhibitions showcasing the Museum’s own extensive shoe collection, underwear (featuring Bonds and Berlei) and Student Fashion. Be dazzled by A fine possession: jewellery and identity, featuring a star-studded ring from fashion designer Catherine Martin, a sparkling neckpiece worn by Nicole Kidman, a stunning diamond brooch worn by Cate Blanchett, and other priceless collections.

This exhibition is presented by the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

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