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The Victoria & Albert Museum has revealed the theme for its upcoming exhibition: underwear.  
 
A wardrobe staple, and the basis of every outfit, underwear has always had an important role in fashion. “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear” will examine how it has evolved over the years, starting from the mid 18th century right up until our era. Looking at the trends from each period - from restricting corsets to skimpy knickers - the exhibition will examine how underwear has dictated body shapes and canons of beauty. Not stopping at the aesthetics the V&A will also reveal the functionality of different types of underwear, as well as the ever-changing associations with health and hygiene. In this meticulous study, items on display will include drawers worn by Queen Victoria’s mother and Acne’s gender neutral pants.   
 
In addition to the display of around 200 items, “Undressed” will also touch on packaging and advertising, looking at some of the iconic underwear campaigns to have made their mark throughout the decades. 
Finally, the exhibition will also look at how underwear has been an inspiration for fashion design, and how it has been interpreted and incorporated into collections. Luxury fashion has often taken elements from underwear and the exhibition will feature pieces by high-end labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood.  
 
This new exhibit comes shortly after the V&A presented its most popular exhibition of all time, the “Savage Beauty” exhibition on fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The museum sold more than 480, 000 tickets for the exhibition, which ran for 21 weeks earlier this year.
 
Whilst this record might be hard to beat, there’s no doubt that “Undressed” is likely to be an eye-opening exhibition… Time to take off some layers and see what’s beneath all those clothes.
 
The new exhibition “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear” will run from the 16th April 2016 through to the 12th March 2017.