Lingerie is set to be the main feature of a new exhibition coming to the world-famous Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum next year.
Management at the museum, located in South Kensington, have confirmed that ‘Undressed: A brief History of Underwear’ will run from April 2016 to February 2017.
The exhibition will address the practicalities of underwear and its role in the fashionable wardrobe while highlighting its “sensual, sexual appeal”.
“One of underwear’s primary roles is to support, firm and shape the body to create the ideal body shape and substructure for the latest fashions,” stated the museum. “The exhibition will explore dress reformers and designers such as Paul Poiret, 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.”
More than 200 objects for men and women will be on display once the exhibition gets underway, along with fashion plates, photographs and film, advertisements and packaging to introduce changing concepts of the ideal body.
The V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, and houses a permanent collection of some 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.