Omnipresent, essential, and overlooked, the V&A will be honing in on something we all (hopefully) know about: underwear. Leaving no stone unturned, the museum will be exploring the role of underwear throughout the years, from its practical side to its sexually infused connotations. Tracking back to the 18th century, the exhibition will showcase approximately 200 pieces that exemplify the multiple purposes of that which lies beneath your clothes. The display will reveal the surprising historical and cultural context that is associated with the fluctuating purpose and development of undergarments; issues of gender, sex and morality alongside more lighter themes such as innovation, luxury and sensuality will be brought to the fore. Highlights not to be missed include long cotton drawers worn by Queen Victoria’s mother and flesh-coloured leggings decorated with a mirrored glass fig leaf by Vivienne Westwood.
📅 16 April 2016 – 12 March 2017: Saturday to Thursday 10AM – 5.45PM, Friday 10AM – 10PM