"Seduction"

The Museum at FIT has unveiled its first major look at racy fashion. Curator Colleen Hill highlights some key pieces.

Corset from 1903

Corset from 1903
“Corsets from the early 20th century were especially provocative,” says Hill. “They cinched the waist, arched the back and pushed the bosom forward, forming a seductive S curve. Lingerie styles from this period were increasingly luxurious and erotic.”

Halston gown

Halston gown
“Halston helped to define the glamorously sexy fashions of the 1970s,” says Hill. “Two very long panels of fabric are attached to the center front of the skirt, and they wrap around the torso in any way the wearer chooses—she can cover or reveal as much as she feels comfortable with.”

Vivienne Westwood gown

Vivienne Westwood gown
“Vivienne Westwood sparked the underwear-as-outerwear trends of the 1980s. This dress reflects her studies of 18th-century costume: If worn on a voluptuous figure, the bodice flattens the stomach and pushes up the breasts.”

GO THERE NOW! “Seduction:” The Museum at FIT, Seventh Ave at 27th St (212-217-4558). Tue–Fri noon–8pm; Sat 10am–5pm; free. Through Jun 16.