Synopses & Reviews
Get intimately acquainted with the V&As world-renowned collection of undergarments in this eye-opening visual history. From camisoles to corsets, basques to boudoir caps, Underwear: Fashion in Detail traces the peculiar evolution of underwear. Revealing photographs highlight close-up details in the garments, while intricate line drawings show their masterly construction. A wide range of designs is represented, from rare 16th-century examples to Diors curvaceous New Look, to Calvin Kleins notorious briefs.
Named one of the Best of the Year 2001 by the Toronto Globe & MailSelected for inclusion in the "Books to Remember" list by the New York Public Library. Winner of the 2002 Milia Davenport Publication Award sponsored by the Costume Society of America
An essential element of fashionable dress from the Renaissance into the twentieth century, the corset has been viewed not only as an object of eroticism but also as an instrument of torture and subjugation. This lavishly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the corset. 140 illustrations.
About the Author
Eleri Lynn is a fashion curator at the V&A and was the assistant curator of the V&As major exhibition The Golden Age of Couture (V&A 2007). She contributed to the accompanying book of that title.