Shows the evolution of women’s underwear from the corsets of the early twentieth century to the ‘push up’ current
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With a bra and garter belt with knit and whales, in 1905, started an exhibition showing the evolution of the French lingerie and corsetry over 140 pieces of the most iconic brands.
Exposure Lingerie Française, which can be seen at Casa Batllo in Barcelona until December 9th, and features pieces from the late nineteenth century, explains the evolution of intimate apparel, from ancient corsets and bras, to prototype lingerie that combine modern aesthetics with functionality. The show begins at a time when the corset, a descendant of whales in women to draw his silhouette is holstered for years, was the king, as explained Catherine Ormen Tuesday, curator of the exhibition.
Ormen recalled that in France, a country known for its creativity in fashion, had a flourishing industry that the country became the world’s largest exporter of this type of clothing, and that the end of the corset had to do with the increasing participation of women in sport and a greater tendency towards hygiene in society. The exhibition tells how in World War corset stopped so called because the garment was separated into two, and appeared bra, who first patented in 1889, although it did not begin to talk about it until 1905, and you get along with the league.
In the exhibition there are also ancient belts, a garment that reigned in the interwar period and served to hide and smooth curves of the body without being oppressive, and combinations, camisoles, suspender belts and bras and briefs of all types and styles. From 1930 there is a hollow bra cups and cotton satin and lace color flesh, and a strip of 1939 high waist knit with whales at the waist, or league. The exhibition highlights the first lingerie sets appeared in the fifties, and participated in its evolution couturiers like Dior, who sculpted a woman silhouette with straight shoulders, tall and prominent breasts, slim waist and shapely hips, which achieved thanks to underwear.
With the advent of nylon in the fifties lingerie is democratized, as recalled by the Commissioner, and start making bras greatly enhanced breasts, of balconette style. In the sixties began the decline of the league and combinations miniskirts because the first few years in which the panty arises, which shaped the belly and promoting the use of pants appear. They also get the color and prints to underwear.
The technique, light and invisible, lingerie appears in the seventies and this time-girdle panties elastic polyamide white double abdominal support and “entredós” embroidery satin exposed. The exhibition includes the emergence in the eighties of black color in the underwear, and as the body begins to take hold as an element of seduction thanks to Lycra, which brings convenience. Among the pieces that you can see there are invisible bras with rigid cups 2010, lacy bras and panties tattoo applied early twenty-first century silk culottes and clips “push up” in recent years type.
All the pieces on display are owned eleven French lingerie manufacturers (Aubade, Barbara, Chantelle, Empreinte, Implicite, Lise Charmel, Lou, Maison Lejaby, Passionata, Simone Princesse tam.tam and Pérèle) who have joined to show their most emblematic pieces, which have already been seen in Paris, London, Shanghai, Dubai, Berlin, New York, Toronto, Moscow and Tokyo.