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. Organised and run by the museum’s researcher, Lorraine Smith, the day was split into two sessions (morning and afternoon by UK time, but we had speakers and attendees join us from further afield) and there were a total of ten presentations on a variety of aspects of underwear history.

As social media can be a rather fleeting medium, in order to keep a permanent record of the conference proceedings we will be sharing a series of blog posts with the presentation tweets embedded in them. In this post, the museum’s Director, Karolina Laskowska, begins the conference by reminding us of the importance of underwear history.

We will share each of the conference presentations via its own blog post over the coming weeks. If you’re on Twitter, you can join the discussion via the Underpinnings Museum’s account and the conference hashtag #UPMTC

The header image for this post is a quilted nylon sling-style bra by Rose Marie (c. late 1950s, early 1960s) from the Underpinnings Museum collections. Photography by Tigz Rice.