Date: 04/03/2015 - 07/26/2015
Time: 12:00 am
Location: Bard Graduate Center (38 W. 86th St., Manhattan)
11am – 5pm daily, 11am – 8pm on Thursdays
Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette is a groundbreaking exhibition organized by the Musée de la Mode in Paris. This is its only North American venue.
Fashioning the Body explores the extraordinary devices that women and men have used to shape their bodies into distinctive fashionable silhouettes from the seventeenth century to today. Presenting a wide array of historical undergarments alongside the fashions they quite literally supported, the exhibition illuminates the ways in which fashion’s ideal forms, and the materials and technologies that have been used to achieve them, have evolved over the centuries until today.
Some reconstructions of the undergarments will be mechanised and move to show how they worked. There will also be amazing court dresses supported by 37″ wide panniers and men’s chest, calf and stomach enhancers. There will also be corsets worn by infants and children.
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