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Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear is on display at the Fashion and Textile Museum until September 27, 2009.

As the title suggests, the exhibition traces the evolution of underwear – from health garment, shape definer to fashion ‘must have’.

It also explores a number of themes such as boudoir to everyday glamour – ‘Stars and their bras’ which looks at celebrity branding; research and innovation’s impact on the types of underwear we wear; and how the changing face of underwear advertising and marketing meshes with social and cultural changes.

The exhibition presents a visual demonstration of how female underwear has evolved as women’s role in society changed. It encompasses the changing trends from the ‘flatten it’ to the ‘push it up’ to the ‘let it all hang out’! And items on display are taken from a wide range of private and public collections, such as M&S, Triumph, La Perla, Christian Dior, Elle Macpherson, Myla and Wonderbra.

Other exhibits include an original Merry Widow corset inspired by Lana Turner in the film of the same name; renowned burlesque artiste Immodesty Blaize’s corset; a spectacular gown made from bras and briefs by designers Vin & Omi, and a La Perla bra encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

The Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF

Tel: 020 7407 8664