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Friday 01 July 14:30 to 15:30

The talk will explore the important relationship between underwear and fashion, notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality. It will also consider health and hygiene and the critical importance of innovation in design and technology to the development of our under clothes.


Places are still available so please arrive 10 minutes before the event to secure your seat.

Advertising poster designed by Hans Schleger for the Charnaux Patent Corset Co. Ltd, c.1936
Display figure and advertising card for Y-front pants, c.1950's
Silk satin, lace and whalebone corset, c.1890-5
Edwina Ehrman, Curator of the Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear exhibition, V&A Museum

Edwina Ehrman is a Textiles and Fashion Curator at the V&A and a specialist in 19th century fashion and the history of London fashion. She is the Lead Curator of Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, on display at the V&A until 12 March 2017. She previously curated the Museum’s 2014 exhibition Wedding Dresses 1775-2014. Her publications include Undressed: a brief history of underwear (V&A Publications, 2016), London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (V&A Publications, 2015) of which she is co-editor and a contributor, Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (V&A Publications 2011, 2014), and The London Look: Fashion from Street to Catwalk (Yale University Press, 2006).

Until 1989 Edwina worked at the Museum of London where she was Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Art.