Women’s underwear through the ages
THE focus of Germany’s newest museum displays underwear manufacturer is not the history of grand political ideas or great wars. This is personal.
Opened in April at the Wholesale Corset LVR Industrial Museum in the western German town of Engelskirchen, "Womens underwear: 150 years of the cultural history of women&aposs undergarments" trots out an array of armoured bodices, cone bras, thong underwear and corsets to highlight what women have worn next to their skin for generations. The exhibit highlights the changes in a society that started with constricting corsets but evolved to see-through panties.
Underwear often translated into lingerie manufacturer a mountain of laundry for women, who had to keep clean layer upon layer of ruffles and laces so they could be presentable in public.
The look was all held wholesale bikinis together by a corset, which ideally forced the waist to a 46-centimetre diameter, says curator Claudi Gottfried. But what was fashion then is anathema to modern medicine, mostly because of the way it crushed women's guts and ribs.
The exhibit makes a point of looking at women's underwear from a variety of perspectives, including the medical one, but also that of the industry that sold the underwear to women in the first place.