I recently went to London to the beauty show and to visit the V&A’s A Brief History of Underwear exhibition. It is a short tour of the underwear design from the 18th Century to the present day. It features over 200 designs for women and men. It covers luxury hand made designs for the aristocracy to home made ‘stays ‘ for the working 18th century women to boxer shorts designed by Paul Smith. It also explores the relationship between fashion world and the everyday. On display is the underwear made famous by David Beckham designed by H&M and Dita Von Teese’s corset, which is so petite! Also at the show is the famous 1993 Kate Moss ‘sweet wrapper’ naked dress designed by Liza Bruce worn with only black panties and the Close Trompe l’oeil corset dress, designed by Antonio Berardi as worn by Gwyneth Paltrow. They also had designs from Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier ( I wish the famous Cone Corset as worn by Madonna was there. I did see at the Barbican exhibition but I would have loved to see it again!)
This is a wonderful exhibition that tours through the years. I wish it was a bigger show with more designs through the years. It did seem a bit small to me but I did find it fascinating.
I love exploring London, so much to see and so little time! I can’t wait to see what new fashion exhibitions in 2017 there will be in London.