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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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Photograph: Eileen Costa
Exposed at the Museum at FIT
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Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have shifted over time, as well as how nightgowns and other silhouette-framing pieces (like the Juel Park couture favored by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor) have inspired formal wear and everyday clothes alike.
Event phone: 212-217-4558
Event website: http://fitnyc.edu/museum

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Terra W
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I'm one of those people who will walk into a museum just because the name sounds cool. What can I say? I need culture. So when I happened upon the History of Lingerie I was out the door and headed to the Fashion Institute like lightning. I'd never been there before but I had no problem finding the place. Hard to miss since the Fashion institute has a pretty impressive entrance. Once there we were greeted by mannequins in blue satin and lace pointing us in the right direction. This is a very short exhibit, but it's like a two in one since you exit right into the MFA gallery. The pieces in the exhibit are meant to show how lingerie influenced it's outer-wear compatriots. I'm not really hip on fashion specifics but after the 1800's it seemed to me that the negligee simply influenced itself. Still there are many beautiful pieces and I would recommend this museum as part of a 'girl's day' excursion or a very forward first date.