The Female Form Through TimeView the exhibition
An online exhibition with Google Arts & Culture
The Female Form Though Time examines how women have been artificially changing the shape of their bodies for centuries to follow fashion, through Discovery Museum's Costume collection.
Body sculpting undergarments, padding and optical illusions have all been used to create the desired silhouette.
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Join our assistant keeper of history Helen Vasey in the Costume stores, for a behind-the-scenes perspective and curator's insight into the intricacies of Victorian underwear.
Part 1 of our Style Stories series.