Time Out sizes up an exhibition of Gallic va-va-voom
While most gals know that a well-fitting 'foundation' undergarment is the sensible choice each morning, it's hard not to reach for that flirty pair of delicate French fancies that poke out of the drawer. The Gauls certainly know how to do smalls: they pioneered a risqué approach to designing seductive unmentionables at the turn of the twentieth century and have since exported a clutch of iconic labels, including Lejaby and Aubade, Chantelle and Passionata. Pretty pieces by these brands, together with early examples of corsets, brassieres and garters are currently on display at new exhibition, 'Lingerie Française'.
The show not only charts the evolution of fashions in lingerie, it also shows its influence on both society and the female figure. So expect vintage film footage and advertising posters among thegirdles that gave girls a garçon's figure in the 1920s, pointy pin-up bras from the '50s and gravity-defying fabric engineering from the noughties. To emphasis the changing shape of underwear, the exhibition rounds off with an intriguing-sounding 'holographic striptease' that depicts the morphing female figure over the past 100 years. Saucy!
London Film Museum, 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. www.lingeriefrancaise.com. Covent Garden
tube. Tue Oct 2-Sun Oct 7. Mon-Thu 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-9pm; Sat, Sun 10am-6pm. Free.