An exhibition on the history and evolution of underwear opens in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Rough Cut – no reporter narration.
Underwear exhibition opens in London
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STORY: The largest ever exhibition dedicated exclusively to underwear opens in London on Saturday (April 16) at the Victoria and Albert Museum. ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear’ showcases everything from early designs of 18th century corsets to contemporary bras. Items on display include a brass bra crafted by jeweler Helen Neman in 1970 and flesh colored leggings with a mirrored glass fig leaves designed by Vivienne Westwood in 1989. The exhibition looks at the role of the corset in women’s underwear and explores the debate of whether they are healthy. Restrictive corsets with a waist of less than 19 inches are displayed next to x-rays showing the damage inflicted on a human body. One corset on display formerly belonged to Dita Von Teese, who wore the Swarovski crystal embellished number back in 2011. The burlesque dancer’s outfit measures at just 18 inches, the smallest waist in the exhibition. The history of the bra from its early origins is documented too. Male and female underwear, with designs from Agent Provocateur to Calvin Klein, are on show to the public at the V&A until March 2017.