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The Victoria and Albert museum is one Britain’s greatest treasures, housing over 4.5 million artefacts and hosting countless pioneering exhibitions.

Corset of satin with hand-made bobbin lace, possibly made in England, 1890-1895.
Corset of satin with hand-made bobbin lace, possibly made in England, 1890-1895.

In recent years, the museum has been a hub of nostalgia for fashionistas; showcasing iconic collections from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Coco Chanel, Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy.

Following the outstanding success of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and this years Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, the V&A will be launching Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, from April 2016 – February 2017.

The exhibition will depict the practicalities of underwear and the development of increasingly more comfortable pieces; as well as underwear’s role in fashion and it’s sexual appeal.

The V&A will showcase over 140 pieces from vintage bloomers, to corsets, S&M and bondage, and will also explore past advertising campaigns and the ever changing ideal of the perfect body.

More information can be found on the V&A website

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