Historical lingerie collection moves to New York

An exhibition showcasing historical French undergarments will open in New York in April next year.

Having garnered high acclaim at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris in 2013, the exhibition Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette will be on display at the Bard Graduate Center from April 3 to July 26, 2015.

The collection will display corsets, panniers, crinolines and bustles dating back to the 17th century.

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It will look at how lacing, hinges, straps, springs and stretch fabrics have been used to alter natural body forms.

In men’s fashion, the exhibition explores how padded jackets provoked arched torsos; how calf enhancers, stomach belts, and codpieces were worn; and how variations on these enhancements continued into the nineteenth century and beyond.

The costume collection has been put together by Denis Bruna, the curator behind the original exhibition at the Musee des Arts decoratifs housed in the Louvre.