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The V&A presents Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

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The V&A presents Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day, and explore the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion.

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Sponsored by Agent Provocateur and Revlon, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear features over 200 examples of underwear for both men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury that come with this type of intimate apparel .

From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by working women in England in the 18th-century, to pieces by current designers including Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, this exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion. It covers notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.
 

£12 in person, concessions available, V&A members go free.
 

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) South Kensington , Cromwell Road , London SW7 2RL

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