Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

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From 16th April 2016 to 12th March 2017
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Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

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This exhibition will address the practicalities of underwear and its role in the fashionable wardrobe whilst highlighting its sensual, sexual appeal. One of underwear’s primary roles is to support, firm and shape the body to create the ideal body shape and substructure for the latest fashions. The exhibition will explore dress reformers and designers such as Paul Poiret, who argued for the beauty of the natural body, as well as entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators who have played a critical role in the development of increasingly more effective and comfortable underwear. On display will be around 140 garments and accessories for men and women together with fashion plates, photographs and film, advertisements and packaging to introduce changing concepts of the ideal body.

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#vamUndressed closes today. Come and visit us for your last chance to see the most revealing exhibition of the year… https://t.co/9635H84AAZ
Twitter userV&A – 2 months ago
Five reasons to go and see the ‘Undressed’ exhibition at the V&A https://t.co/xZbpHaDeKm https://t.co/vSp6S6poTe
Twitter userWGSN – 4 months ago
Must see #Undressed @V_and_A to further my love of lingerie more! #Art #Exhibition #Fashion #Actorslife
Twitter userKaterina Robinson – 4 months ago
My visit to the #Undressed #fashion exhibition at the @V_and_A https://t.co/qV14aGIi72 #london #londonblogger… https://t.co/CKGuHaf9br
Twitter userCarolin – 6 months ago
From corsets to Kim K's 'but-lifters' - V&A 'Undressed' exhibition is not one to miss! #fashion http://ow.ly/Qqm4305l5UI
Facebook userDebut Magazine – 7 months ago

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