Five reasons to go and see the ‘Undressed’ exhibition at the V&A
By Theresa Yee

From crystal corsets to Victorian girdles, the new Undressed exhibition is not to be missed says Katie Atkinson and Theresa Yee

Apr 13, 2016
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WGSN editors Katie Atkinson and Theresa Yee take a sneak peek at the new (and long awaited) lingerie exhibition at the V&A. Here are 5 reasons why you should go and check it out:

1. The large collection of intricate historical lingerie included a corset made from woven paper twine, a small selection of men’s corsets (yes, men used to wear corsets too!) and even a pair of Queen Victoria’s mother’s long cotton drawers, taking us back as far as the 18th century.

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2. Watch Agent Provocateur’s creative director Sarah Shotton talking about the design process and what the brand means to her on a large cinematic screen. The brand sponsored the show injecting an element of sex appeal.

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3. The mannequins in the ‘Temptation’ section feature striking bold red lips and tips (nails) painted in Revlon’s iconic Revlon Red Lipstick and Nail Enamel for a seductive look. As sponsors of the show, the Revlon products are available to buy in the shop.

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4. Butt lifters and waist trainers showed the evolution of shapewear, with women choosing to enhance the natural shape of the body inspired by the ‘Kim Kardashian’ effect.

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5. Don’t miss the sparkling (never exhibited before) Swarosvski crystal embellished corset, designed for Dita Von Teese by couture corset maker Mr Pearl.

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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will run until March 2017.

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