The V&A’s new ‘Undressed’ exhibition: Brief encounters

The V&A’s new ‘Undressed’ exhibition: Brief encounters

The Victoria & Albert museum’s latest fashion exhibition on the history of underwear is a fascinating window into centuries of attitudes to the body.

‘Undress’ examines the big role that undergarments have played in shaping cultural attitudes, gender tensions and shifting style trends and it helps to explain our fascination with what lies beneath.

From corsets and bras to briefs and padded boxer shorts, more than 250 objects, film images, packaging and advertisements (‘hello boys’) depict the history of underwear from the mid 18th century to present.

From Alexander McQueen’s bustier dress plated with gold and padded at the hips, John Galliano for Givenchy’s muslin gown and lace pants to more modern day under-attire such as a spanx-style waist trainer/celebrity endorsed slimming tool (cc. Kim Kardashian) are just some of the featured items on display.

(Sponsored by Agent Provocateur & Revlon, will run until March 12th 2017)