Apr 18, 2016

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Underwear Exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

The Victoria and Albert Museum opened its doors days ago to visitors to largest exhibition of underwear, ranging from bralets to corsets. This unique exhibit aims to show the significant role of undergarments in styles, trends and culture.

According to the curator of the Textiles and Fashion sections and the exhibit itself, Edwina Ehrman, the ongoing exhibit is opportune since these days, pajamas are being worn as daytime garments as well as luxury loungewear. Other interesting wears include caged crinolines, padded boxer shorts, briefs as well as packaging and film images.


It is also starting to be a common scene in clothing stores nowadays in which chemise tops and paneled silk slips from well-known designers are on display. Of late, it is becoming a commercial trend as it has always been decades ago.

There are about 250 objects being showcased, along with undergarments that have been designed in the early 1900s. The entire floor was filled with different designs, including the eye-catching 1911 evening slip made from silk, a creation of Paul Poiret.

Alexander McQueen’s creation is also part of the exhibit, a white chiffon bustier dress. This seductive creation is padded at the hips and plated with gold. John Galliano for Givenchy did not fail the public as well. His creation was an embroidered muslin gown which is Empire in style, complete with panties with lace. These were inspired by the bedroom attire during the 18th and 19th centuries.


Way back 2009, Gwyneth Paltrow wore a corset dress at one of the red carpet events she attended in Paris. It was from Antonio Berardi’s 2009 Spring Collection.

The second floor, on the other hand, is a break from the conventional since it is more of history not in chronological presentation but of themes. This was complemented by another featured item is the Thong, which was said to be created in 1974 as a protest against the banning of nudity during that year.

This exhibit, sponsored by Revlon and Agent Provocateur runs until March 12, 2017.