Cotton and whalebone corset, c. 1890, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

 Cotton and whalebone corset, c. 1890, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

 

The fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day is told in this blockbuster exhibition organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Taking a serious look at an alluring subject, Undressed illustrates how undergarments reflect society’s changing ideas about the body, morality, and sex, and examines the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in molding the body to an always changing fashionable ideal. Organized into thematic sections that explore such ideas as relaxation, revelation, temptation, transformation, and performance, Undressed looks at how our undergarments shape our bodies, and reveal things about ourselves.

 

 
 
 

Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.