The Underpinnings Museum Twitter Conference 2018 Photography by Tigz Rice

On Friday 12th January 2018, the Underpinnings Museum held an academic conference 100% online as part of our ongoing quest to bring the history of underwear to a wider audience, making collections and research freely accessible. As social media can be a rather fleeting medium, in order to keep a permanent record of the conference proceedings we have documented each presentation through our blog.

Our Collections

Exhibitions

Lift & Separate: Technology & The Bra The Underpinnings Museum

How did technological advances affect bra-making? What were the wider reaching social consequences? Discover fascinating facts through this new exhibition boasting more than 30 rare and historically significant objects spanning from the 1900s to the 1970s. Exploring shifts in fashionable bust shape, comfort and attitudes to women’s bodies throughout the 20th century, the exquisite exhibits include a couture 1930s Kestos bra, an original Dior 1950s longline bra, 1900s garments and luxury pieces by French heritage design house Cadolle! Explore now.

The Big Reveal display case at London College of Fashion. Photo by Karolina Laskowska, graphics and curation by Gill MacGregor. The Underpinnings Museum
The Underpinnings Museum Unboxing. Videos by Sarah Hardcastle at London College of Fashion

Between February to May 2017, The Underpinnings Museum worked directly with MA students at London College of Fashion as part of their collaborative unit. Students Gill MacGregor and Sarah Hardcastle worked together on a project that saw the creation of our first ever physical exhibition and a series of videos exploring select archive pieces in detail.

View the digital exhibition of ‘The Big Reveal’

View the video series ‘Unboxing’

Blog posts

#UPMTC: Archives: A Brief Introduction, by Georgina Orgill

The final blog post in our series documenting the first Underpinnings Museum Twitter conference shares the presentation by…

#UPMTC: Hold On and Suck In, by Cassidy Percoco

This blog post details the Underpinnings Museum Twitter conference presentation from Cassidy Percoco, entitled Hold On and Suck…

#UPMTC: Women and Corsets in Toronto, by Alanna McKnight

This blog post covers the Underpinnings Museum Twitter conference presentation from Alanna McKnight entitled Women and Corsets in…

#UPMTC: The curious history of Radioactive Corsets, by Lucy Jane Santos

This blog post documents the Underpinnings Museum Twitter Conference presentation by Lucy Jane Santos, entitled The Curious History…

#UPMTC: The Big Sell, by Shaun Cole

This blog post details the presentation from Shaun Cole at the first Underpinnings Museum Twitter conference, entitled The Big…

#UPMTC: Auschwitz and Underwear, by Lucy Adlington

This blog post – part of a series documenting the first Underpinnings Museum Twitter conference – details the…

#UPMTC: The Walls of Jericho, by Casci Ritchie

This blog post – part of a series documenting the first Underpinnings Museum Twitter conference – details the…

#UPMTC: Boudoir Caps & Zeppelin Nighties, by Lucie Whitmore

In the third of our posts documenting the first Underpinnings Twitter conference, we are sharing the presentation of…

#UPMTC: The role of women in the history of underwear, by Susanna Cordner

This is the second of our blog posts documenting the first Underpinnings Museum Twitter conference. It focuses on…

#UPMTC: Our first ever Twitter conference

On Friday 12th January 2018, the Underpinnings Museum held an academic conference 100% online as part of our…