Elegant Distortions

March 3, 2007June 10, 2007

In conjunction with Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion

In the late 1980s Vivienne Westwood reintroduced the corset, transforming it from restrictive underwear into fashionable outerwear. Her revival of the corset may be her most important contribution to late-20th-century fashion. This exhibition chronicles the evolution of the corset through a selection of six historical corsets from the museum’s permanent collection, along with print selections from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.