April 8th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011

In the nineteenth century, fashions were varied and differed drastically from one decade to the next. The delineation of the female form, in all its curves and contours, especially shifted in visually distinctive ways.

Clothing valiantly played its part in contributing to that, but the undergarments, or foundations, were the architecture that truly created and supported those spectacular silhouettes.

Once seen only in the realms of dressing rooms, gyms, and bedrooms, FOUNDATIONS offers an uninterrupted look at the undergarments that shaped the past.

In an age when we rarely wear elaborate foundations, the allure of a bygone age still captures our imaginations. We invite you to come and revisit this fascinating exhibit with us, and see what variety of cunning and intricate structures lie beneath the changing shapes of fashion.