From crystal corsets to Victorian girdles, the new Undressed exhibition is not to be missed says Katie Atkinson and Theresa Yee
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Don’t miss the sparkling (never exhibited before) Swarosvski crystal embellished corset, designed for Dita Von Teese by couture corset maker Mr Pearl.
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will run until March 2017.
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