Online lingerie museum to chart the history of the bra

Photography by Tigz Rice Studios.

An online museum focused on documenting underwear throughout the ages is preparing to open its second exhibition.

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign and opening exhibition, The Underpinnings Museum will unpick the convoluted history of the bra in a new online showcase set to go live later this month.

Boasting more than 30 rare objects from the 1900s to the 1970s, the exhibition will explore how technological advances have affected bra making.

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Visitors to the site will explore the shifts in fashionable bra shapes and attitudes to women’s bodies throughout the 20th century.

Key exhibits will include a couture 1930s Kestos bra, an original Dior 1950s longline bra, 1900s garments and luxury pieces by French heritage design house Cadolle.

The exhibition will also feature nearly 300 images curated by Lorraine Smith, known as the ‘bra master’ due to her academic research on underwear and her Masters in the History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion.

Extensive contextual information accompanies each picture by renowned boudoir photographer Tigz Rice.

Established in 2016 by lingerie designer Karolina Laskowska, the Underpinnings Museum strives to provide free online access to a trove of knowledge invaluable to historians, students, lingerie lovers and sewing enthusiasts.

The Underpinnings Museum has raised more than £11,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, which launched on Kickstarter in September last year.



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