IMAGE FROM V&A WEBSITE
Underwear as outerwear has been a huge trend recently, but it has always been around, let me take you on a historical journey. I got the opportunity this week to attend the Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear exhibit at the V&A museum, though we were unable to take images, it was a great experience. The corset was introduced roughly during the 1500s, they were originally worn for support and waste reduction to obtain an hourglass figure. In 2016, we saw an increase of waist trainers, heavily popularised by the Kardashians (and other influencers), despite being a different era, the people are still obsessed with the hourglass figure. Luckily the corset is no longer a tight-laced bonding system, they are much more breathable with a sultry appeal.
As the 1900s rolled around and hemlines became shorter, so did undergarments. Designers were creating cami-knickers or teddies, commonly known to us as rompers. During the 1960s, miniskirts were introduced, the youth were at the forefront of the fashion industry, creating radically innovative styles during the 1960 era. English fashion designer Mary Quant was among the new school leaders, commercialising hot pants and miniskirts by adding them to her collection, designing it 6-7 inches shorter than the original. Madonna is ever the trendsetter, during the 1990s whilst she was touring on the Blonde Ambition Tour, she performed in an iconic pink cone body suit that first appeared in Jean Paul Gaultier in 1982. An avant-garde style that reflected a multi-cultural society, offering an open-minded vision, a sassy brand that allowed the individual to assert their own identity to the piece. Who didn’t love Princess Diana, she was a trendsetter and fashion icon, during the 1996 Met Gala, Diana appeared in a John Galliano slip dress, a chic way to wear the underwear as outerwear style. All the designs were fashion-forward trends, compared to fashion currently that is revisiting the past. Celebrities have risqué and eccentric styles that everything is accepted.
What underwear as outerwear style would you wear?
Until next time, stay fabulous,