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Exhibitions

Lingerie For Your Hair; Can Hats Be Underwear?

‘Lingerie For Your Hair’ examines the boudoir cap, an oft-neglected piece of lingerie with immense historical significance. The garment saw immense popularity in the 1910s and 1920s, a time of great social change: as women navigated changing attitudes towards sex, class and social status, the cap became an invaluable accessory. This exhibition charts the evolution of the cap, and explores notions of sex appeal and the concept of ‘the boudoir’.

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Blog posts

Maternity & Nursing Corset With Open Bust, Elasticated Panelling & Laced Side Seams By Corset Au Coeur, c. 1910s, France. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice

The End of Maternal Corsetry

The end of the nineteenth century was marked by several political, economic and social changes that permanently affected the fabric of Western communities. To understand how these changes were reflected in the lives of ordinary people, it can be useful to explore their effect on clothing and more specifically, women’s undergarments. The changes that occurred in breastfeeding garments from 1900-1945 illustrate how social, economic and medical practices shaped the objects being designed during that time.

1930s Kestos style bra, The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice Studios

Rosamond Lilian Klin: The Inventor Of The Kestos Bra

The Kestos lingerie brand has long been one of my favourite in the grand scheme of lingerie history;…

Black Silk & Lace Ribbonwork Step In, c. 1920s, USA. The Underpinnings Museum Photo by Tigz Rice

Favourite Things: Ayten Gasson

Another installment in our blog series ‘Favourite Things’, where we ask lingerie industry professionals to pick a favourite…

c. 1830s corset - The Underpinnings Museum

New Acquisition: c. 1830s Corset

Earlier this year, The Underpinnings Museum ran its first major fundraiser since 2016’s Kickstarter (the crowdfunding campaign that…

The iconic 1994 Wonderbra billboard poster, featuring Eva Herzigova photographed by Ellen von Unwerth

‘Hello Boys’: How Wonderbra Survived the Bra Wars

Initially developed in Canada in the 1930s, lingerie manufacturer Canadelle first registered its Wonderbra name as a Trademark…

Overlocked Floral Jacquard Weave Ribbon Corset, c. 1900, Great Britain. The Underpinnings Museum. Photo by Tigz Rice

Favourite Things: Stephanie Bodnar of Evgenia Lingerie

Another installment in our blog series ‘Favourite Things’, where we ask lingerie industry professionals to pick a favourite…

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The Underpinnings Museum is now a member of AIM

Running an online museum has its own special rewards and challenges. Although we have lots of visitors, we…

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ART-CHERIE: Inspiration from online archives

Clothing and textile archives are fascinating places. Although, as a fashion historian, you might expect me to visit…

Monowire heart padded lace bra by Belligne, c. 1950s The Underpinnings Museum shot by Tigz Rice Studios 2017

Favourite Things: Maude Nibelungen

Another installment in our blog series ‘Favourite Things’, where we ask lingerie industry professionals to pick a favourite…

Behind the scenes at day 2 of the Underpinnings Museum photoshoot in July 2018

Behind the Scenes at an Underpinnings Museum Photoshoot

Running an online museum with people who live in three different European countries is exciting, but also means…