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Victoria & Albert Museum to put famous underwear on display

David Beckham's and Queen Victoria's mother's underwear will be on display at the popular museum in London

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 16 Nov 2015

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A cage crinoline and satin corset from the 19th century (Photos: Victoria & Albert Museum)

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London will showcase a stellar collection of underwear from the 19th century to the modern day in an exhibition called Underdressed: A Brief History of Underwear next year.

Visitors will be able to learn the practicalities of underwear and appreciate its role in fashion, past and present. The exhibition will be curated by Edwina Ehrman of the V&A's textiles department. Lingerie brand Agent Provocateur and cosmetics company Revlon are the sponsors of the exhibition.

Among the underwear featured are the cotton pants worn by Queen Victoria's mother and even David Beckham's H&M briefs (how's that for the main attraction?).

"Starting the exhibition with a selection of our best men's and women's underwear from the 1700s enables us to offer visitors a much more comprehensive and I hope illuminating introduction to the history of underwear," Edwina told WWD. "The exhibition's content also reflects the current trend for loungewear and recent interest in lingerie dresses."

You have plenty of time to plan a trip to London; the exhibition will run from 16 April 2016 to 12 March 2017.

(L-R) Sibling SS13 sleepwear; 19th century whalebone corset. (Photos: Victoria & Albert Museum)

Related: 7 dresses we'd love to see at the Julien MacDonald retrospective
Related: 'A Journey Through Time' watch showcase at Starhill


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