Monday, July 7, 2014

Exposed: A History of Lingerie

Red silk corset, 1889, blue silk corset, 1850.

I had to share with you some of my favorites from the new exhibit Exposed: A History of Lingerie at The Museum at FIT. It highlights the development and transformation of intimate apparel starting from the 18th century, with a remarkably well-preserved set of stays and a silk satin quilted petticoat, right up through the present day. After loving the corsets of Jean Paul Gaultier last year at his exhibit at Brooklyn Museum I wasn’t surprised that I adored so many of the garments on display here, from the knockout corsets in red and blue satin from the late 19th century that open the show, above, to the beautiful and sexy pink and white corset by Cadolle, from 2007, below. I also enjoyed seeing how dressing gowns I thought were from the 1930s were actually from the 1970s and 80s, proving once more that items from a different time take hold in the imagination and are reinterpreted by designers again and again.

If you are in New York City this summer or fall, do stop by to see this charming, seductive, and informative show. Colleen Hill curated this beauty and she is so young and talented (and accomplished!), that I continue to look forward to her work for FIT in the future.

The corsets next to a 2007 dress by Peter Soronen.

Stays from 1770 on the left, with a quilted satin petticoat from 1765, the oldest garments on view in the show.

Curator Colleen Hill pointed out that the stays and corset above, from the 18th century, were really the beginning of underwear being worn as outerwear because these garments were clearly meant to be seen.

A light green embroidered wool peignoir from 1878. How romantic!

An 1888 bustle of wire mesh and cotton twill tape.

A black silk satin corset, 1898, with a striped polished cotton petticoat, 1890. So glam!

A 1918 tea gown of silk chiffon, lace, mink, silk flowers and velvet ribbons. So Downton Abbey!

A 1940 Maggy Rouff halter-neck nightgown, left and a Juel Park nightgown, 1945.

A 1951 Dior petticoat that helped pull off the "New Look" with a 1949 bra by Poirette.

A 1962 Vanity Fair bra and panty girdle, left, and a Rudi Gernreich bra and panty, 1967.

Valerie Porr lounging pajamas, 1976, left, and a Fernando Sanchez dressing gown, 1982.

A gorgeous 2007 Cadolle corset of Chantilly lace and cotton. I love it!

“Corps de Baleine à la Mode,” 1778. Love.

Exposed: A History of Lingerie is on view until November 15, 2014

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-8pm
Saturday, 10AM-5PM
Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays.
Admission is free.


PinkCheetahVintage said...

So stunning!!!

Anonymous said...

Very cool, thanks for sharing on your blog. Love the Dior.

Dawn Lucy said...

Oh, I wish I could go to this exhibit and see everything! How cool! Thanks for sharing these lovely pics, Jill. I'm digging the 60's leopard get up!
Dawn Lucy

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

If only I was in New York, I would love to see this... beautiful!

Tamsen said...

If you can't make it to see the exhibition in person, be sure to check out the exhibition website!

Josphe Walls said...

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