And The V&A’s Next Big Fashion Exhibition Is…

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    It’s all about underwear! Yes, following on from the huge success of this year’s fashion exhibitions Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and Shoes; Pleasure And Pain, the Victoria And Albert Museum has released its 2016 line up.

    Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will run from April 2016 to February 2017, documenting the changing trends in lingerie throughout history and examining our attitudes towards our bodies.

    The exhibition will ‘address the practicalities of underwear and its role in the fashionable wardrobe while highlighting its sensual, sexual appeal,’ the museum’s curators revealed in a statement. Ooh la la.

    The V&A intend to tackle their subject from every angle, documenting the history of undergarments, from vintage bloomers, to corsets, to S&M get-up, as well as exploring advertising connotations in the industry, and the changing view of what makes an ideal body.

    We’re expecting participation from all the iconic lingerie brands, old and new, plus a good look at the juggernaut that is the Victoria’s Secret lingerie catwalk show.

    ‘[Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will] explore dress reformers and designers such as Paul Poiret, who argued for the beauty of the natural body,’ the V&A added. ‘Also the entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators who have played a critical role in the development of increasingly more effective and comfortable underwear.’

    Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will open at the Victoria and Albert museum in April 2016.

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