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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

V&A Museum, London


This exhibition will address the practicalities of underwear and its role in the fashionable wardrobe whilst highlighting its sensual, sexual appeal. The exhibition will explore dress reformers and designers who argued for the beauty of the natural body, as well as entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators who have played a critical role in the development of increasingly more effective and comfortable underwear.

Apollo Personality of the Year Maria Balshaw selected this as one of her highlights of 2016: find out why here.

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Monday to Friday pants

Monday to Friday pants (2015), Cheekfrills. © Cheekfrills

Man's top and pants

Man’s top and pants (2013), designed by Sibling. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Detail, Silk chiffon knickers

Detail, Silk chiffon knickers (1930s), possibly Hitrovo. © The Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Brixton Boyz

Brixton Boyz (2001), Jennie Baptiste. © Jennie Baptiste

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