Diane Alter – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter
Paris, France (4E) – Set to open shortly is a Paris exhibition honoring the French lingerie industry.
The intimate display will trace the evolution of France’s storied lingerie industry from the creation of the country’s corsetry industry in 1880 to the present.
Lingerie Francaise, the French association for the promotion of corsetry industries, is organizing the showcase, which will chronicle the invention of the brazier in the late 19th century, and the entrance of sheer underwear to the market in the 1970s, to today’s modern line in response to the women’s groundbreaking women’s liberation and sexual revolution.
Curator Catherine Ormen told WWD about the sheer undergarments: “Women in the ’70s wanted invisible, light bras that they couldn’t feel.”
To kickoff the show, Ormen made use of the fabled archives of designs from Lingerie Francaise’s 17 member brands.
Accompanying the delicate items on display will be vintage advertisements tracing women’s attitudes and silhouettes across the changing and historic eras.
The show will run from July 5 to 26 at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris. It will then shimmy into London, Dubai and Shanghai.