May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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The Musée des Arts Décoratifs will unveil an “underworld” exhibition on July 5th that explores the history of both the female and the male silhouette – and its undergarment counterpart – dating as far back as the 14th century. This retrospective presents intimates of various shapes, sizes, materials, and functions according to the changing fashions and the ideal beauty of the time. Showcased here are techniques that span the pannier and the bustle through to the corset and the stomach belt, while materials range whalebones, hoops, and padding. Such rather “mechanical garments” were used as a means for women and men to draw their silhouettes. La Mécanique des Dessous reinterprets the seductive intimates market of today through the illusory garments of the past. –Sarah Ryan Hecht
On view through November 24th at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli 75001
Photos courtesy of the museum
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