Inside Out: A Brief History of Underwear
For centuries women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, teased, twisted and tweaked into clothes of varying shapes and styles according to the dictates of fashion. Using items from the National Trust's costume collections, many of which are not on public view, Shelley Tobin reveals how these styles were achieved. She traces the development of the foundation garments from vast skirt supports, stays and corsets of the 18th century, to the early 20th century when the use of colored silks and lace trimmings made underwear something to show.
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