The Bendigo Gallery in Victoria, Australia reveals ‘Undressed:350 years of Underwear in Fashion.’
Organised by London’s V&A museum the exhibition down under acknowledges the thrills to be found in frills and celebrates in the mystery of the known but unseen.
Karen Quinlan is the Bendigo Art Gallery Director: “It’s not just about sexy garments, it’s about how we chose to reveal aspects of our body, or conceal,” she says.
“Even today people are still wearing, at times, very severe foundation garments. So why do we do it? Because we want a certain kind of shape, and this traces that shape, that history, and I think that’s important.”
Lingerie designed by some of fashion’s most famous names is on show, as well as the undergarments worn by Queen Victoria.
V&A curator Edwina Ehrman believes she must be turning in her regal grave: “I think she’d be absolutely horrified, I’m sorry to say. Well maybe, I don’t know, maybe she had a good, strong, sense of humour like the current Queen.”
The queen’s drawers are a big draw and will remain on show at the Bendigo before slipping off on tour across Australia.