Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Many moons ago I was a free lance reporter and fashion illustrator at Intimate Fashion News (IFN), a trade newspaper that covered the lingerie market. I’m telling you this because I recently attended the Fashion Institute of Technology’s latest exhibit, Exposed: A History of Lingerie.

The exhibit traces the developments in intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present. To quote the curator of the exhibit, Colleen Hill, “There are two types of lingerie, hard and soft. Hard lingerie includes corsets, bustles and structured bras, while soft lingerie consists of unstructured garments, such as slips, nightgowns and panties.”

More than fifty objects are featured in the exhibit and a companion book is available for sale and I heartily recommend it for anyone interested in fashion history. Frankly, I find that FIT often surpasses the Met when it comes to costume exhibitions – plus it’s free!

The exhibit will run through November 15th, 2014 at the Fashion and Textile History Gallery. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-8pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Until next time C&C.

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