From the late 19th century, delicate fabrics, including silk, began to be used for women's underclothes. This display features a lace slip by Janet Reger and a corset designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla in 2010.
Examples of how underwear reflects our identity, lifestyles, desires and fantasies. Items on display include a 1930s nightgown, a rubber corset designed by Robin Archer for House of Harlot and the Tamila lingerie set by Agent Provocateur.
A crystal-embellished corset designed by Mr Pearl for Dita Von Teese.
Examples of how the shapes, fabrics and techniques used to make underwear are reflected in outerwear. This display features a lingerie dress worn by Mila Kunis at the Oscars in 2011, leggings featuring a mirror glass fig leaf by Vivienne Westwood and a bondage-style corset by Bordelle.
This display demonstrates how underclothes were originally made from natural fibres. They were not dyed and could be washed at high temperatures. This changed with the development of man-made fibres and advances in dyeing and laundry technology.
Examples of performance underwear through the ages, from a 19th century cotton net corset design to keep the wearer cool to designer thermals made by Japanese company Uniqlo in 2003.