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Bendigo Art Gallery showcases bras and knickers through the ages


07-29-2014 00:27 BJT

An underwear exhibition dating back over three centuries has opened in Australia. The collection includes Queen Victoria's undergarments, and traces the evolution of bras and knickers over generations.

Underwear through the ages has been hung out for all to see at Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria.

It's called "Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion", and explores the history of underwear, both its function and its fashions.

The exhibition features more than 80 garments from London's Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of underwear through the ages.

One of the highlights is Queen Victoria's drawers, which date back to the 1860s. A range of styles show the underwear's various uses to flatter or hide certain body parts, contrast the sensible with the sexy.

The collection features garments from some of the world's most famous designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Gautier and Christian Dior.

This is a dress made of bras designed by Italian fashion house Moschino in 1988.

The exhibition is being held at the Bendigo Art Gallery until October, after which it will tour other regional galleries in Australia.

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