A House Of Harlot corset with matching bra, thong and stockings is part of the new Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear exhibition which opens at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on April 16.
From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by a working woman in England in the 18th-century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion.
Showing the evolution of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day, the V&A exhibition covers notions of the ideal body and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.
They all seemed delighted to see the House Of Harlot corset and accessories featuring so prominently among the lingerie on display.
Tickets for Undressed, which runs until March 12, 2017, are available online from the V&A website below (V&A members go free).
Full priced single tickets cost £12.00 (£13.50 with donation) and a wide range of concessionary and family tickets is available.