An independent lingerie boutique based in Oxfordshire will celebrate its 80th anniversary this month by hosting a special exhibition that will explore the history of underwear.
Marie boutique, located in the market-town of Abingdon, will showcase lingerie designs through the decades, with exclusive archive pieces on loan from some of the biggest lingerie houses, such as Aubade, Gossard and Triumph.
Taking place at the Abingdon County Hall Museum, the pop-up exhibition will also explore how trends, fabric development and technologies have progressed over the 80 years that Marie has been serving customers from Abingdon and beyond.
Visitors will also gain a fascinating insight into the history of the Marie boutique, with its original cash till and retro adverts on display.
The exhibition will take place from 7 to 15 September, covering Abingdon Heritage Weekend (10th & 11th September).
Current students from De Montfort University’s Contour Fashion course will also showcase their lingerie designs, giving a modern perspective on lingerie styling.
The Marie boutique was opened by Marie Viney in 1936 and the name has remained ever since despite four owners and a change of premises from the Regal Cinema building, which occupied the Ock Street frontage from 1935 until it was demolished in 2003, to Bath Street in 1990.