2018

The Modern Corset Renaissance. The Underpinnings Museum.

THE MODERN CORSET RENAISSANCE

‘The Modern Corset Renaissance’ is the latest exhibition offering from innovative digital archive The Underpinnings Museum. A celebration and exploration of the contemporary corset revolution, the exhibition shares the work of both modern corsetieres and the historical objects that left an indelible mark on design today.

38 exquisitely curated objects chart the best of modern corsetry and its historical influences. Highlights include a 16” waist corset by Dark Garden belonging to Guinness’ World Record Holder of the smallest waist on a living person Cathy Jung, and a couture creation by British designer Emiah with over 7000 hand stitched beads, taking over 1700 hours of hand labour.

The Underpinnings Museum Twitter Conference 2018 Photography by Tigz Rice

ARCHIVE: TWITTER CONFERENCE JANUARY 2018

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.

2017

Lift & Separate: Technology & The Bra The Underpinnings Museum

LIFT & SEPARATE: TECHNOLOGY & THE BRA

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!

The Big Reveal display case at London College of Fashion. Photo by Karolina Laskowska. The Underpinnings Museum

THE BIG REVEAL

A physical exhibition curated by MA students at London College of Fashion, on display until 10 July 2017 at:

Fashion Space Gallery (Vitrine)
London College of Fashion

The Underpinnings Museum Unboxing. Videos by Sarah Hardcastle at London College of Fashion

UNBOXING

A series of 4 videos, detailing museum archive pieces, conceived by MA students at London College of Fashion.

2016

The Underpinnings Museum opening exhibition. Photography by Tigz Rice Studios

OPENING EXHIBITION

Our opening exhibition gives a glamorous peek into the museum’s extensive collections and a taste of what is to come. Objects have been carefully curated to give an insight into the evolution of lingerie and to showcase exquisite craftsmanship and design.