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.
The series was conceived by Sarah Hardcastle, as inspired by the almost voyeuristic nature of the contemporary ‘Unboxing’ video, in which usually luxury goods are unpacked and near-fetishised on camera. The allusions to this genre are further contextualised by the use of archival acid-free tissue paper and cotton gloves: these accessories are a necessity to archive storage and handling, and highlight the subjects of these videos as firmly unattainable.
The videos explore selected archival pieces in detail, giving the viewer an intimate insight into garment elements that ordinarily remain hidden.
Videos by Sarah Hardcastle, MA Fashion Media Production, London College of Fashion, and Gill MacGregor, MA Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion.