From 18th century corsets to present-day bras made in stretch lace, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York (Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York City 10001) charts the history of lingerie in a new exhibition.
Exposed: A History of Lingerie, features more than 70 of the most delicate objects in the museum’s permanent collection, many of which have never before been shown to the public.
The exhibition runs in chronological order, with the earliest object on view being a 1770 sleeved corset made from sky-blue silk with decorative ivory ribbons that crisscross over the stomach.
FIT delves into the lingerie trends from every decade, from a mid-1920s bandeau bra of yellow silk chiffon in ivory lace, to a silk teddy designed by Patricia Fieldwalker in the 1980s.
Contemporary lingerie is highlighted by a custom-made bra and panty in silk chiffon by Jean Yu and a retro-style lingerie set with provocative cut-outs by Chantal Thomass.
The exhibition opened on June 3 and will run through November 15. For more information, visit the Museum at FIT website at http://www.fitnyc.edu/22239.asp
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