History has constantly taught us that the corset is the ultimate expression of constriction and the fetish of years of patriarchy about turning the female body in a sexual object, only for the pleasure of male sexual fantasies.
Then arrived the ’20s and then again the feminist revolution of the late’ 60s and the corset was abandoned as a symbol of freedom of the female body.
Today we are seeing a return to fashion of the corset as an outwear element, to be worn proudly even on clothes. Eliminating from this phenomenon all the mechanisms of fast fashion, which leave the time of maximum six months, we can say with feminist’s pride that the corset is today the symbol of the expression of female freedom, not only of the body but also of the possibility of choosing, even for the only pleasure of wearing a corset, deform and enhance our forms.
The exhibition “The Modern Corset Renaissance” offered by the innovative and digital archive The Underpinnings Museum tells through 38 examples of both modern corsetieres and historical objects, the history and transformation of the corset from utilitarian underwear through self-expression, body modification and creativity.
From April 23rd 2018 “The Modern Corset Renaissance” will be freely accessible at www.underpinningsmuseum.com.
About The Underpinnings Museum:
Created thanks to a crowdfunding campaign in 2016, the Underpinnings Museum provides free online access to all lingerie lovers but also to sewing enthusiasts alike, providing detailed information and documenting the evolution of lingerie, from the 18th century through to the modern day. The focal point is about the changing role of women in society and in history.