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StL Style: Underneath It All

Underneath It All is open June 30, 2012 through January 27, 2013 at the Missouri History Museum. By examining the changes in women’s undergarments from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, Underneath It All seeks to chronicle the history of consumer culture, the societal roles of women and the ever-changing standard of beauty. This new exhibition asks visitors to look beyond the satin and lace to reveal the story of women’s progress. Not all items on this board are part of the exhibition.

By examining the changes in women’s undergarments from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, Underneath It All seeks to chronicle the history of consumer culture, the societal roles of women and the ever-changing standard of beauty. This exhibition asks visitors to look beyond the satin and lace to reveal the story of women’s progress. Free admission. See it at the Missouri History Museum through Jan. 27, 2013.

corset from the Underneath It All exhibit

Exhibit preparator Louis Mainieri nails a large picture to a wall in the gallery.

Corsets and matching underwear are arranged in a glass case for viewing from all sides. The suction cup in front allows the exhibit team to open the sliding glass panes without smudging or damaging them.

Exhibit curator Shannon Meyer guides a group of docents through a section called "The Sexual Revolution," featuring underwear and clothing from the 1960s and 1970s.

Playtex Living Girdle, ca. 1950. Check out Stlmag.com's "Look/Listen" article on the Underneath It All exhibit.

Advertisement for Coronet Corset Company, from Ladies Home Journal, October 1900. Check out Stlmag.com's "Look/Listen" article on the Underneath It All exhibit.

Silk dress, ca. 1860s. Check out Stlmag.com's "Look/Listen" article on the Underneath It All exhibit.

Steel cage crinoline, ca. 1856. Check out Stlmag.com's "Look/Listen" article on the Underneath It All exhibit.

Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers nylon bra and slip set, ca. 1960s. Check out Stlmag.com's "Look/Listen" article on the Underneath It All exhibit.

Glydons camisole and underwear set, ca. 1980s

Check out the Ladue News Q with Shannon Meyer, curator of Underneath It All.

Debra Bass, fashion editor for the Post-Dispatch, calls Underneath It All "family-friendly, modest, entertaining and culturally enlightening."

Canvas stays (corset) stiffened with paste. (1775)

Curator Shannon Meyer give Fox 2 a short teaser tour of Underneath It All.

Another look at Underneath It All.

Check out Underneath It All on Show-Me St. Louis!

Want to learn more about Underneath It All? Check out the Vital Voice article on our exciting new exhibition exploring the history of women's undergarments.

From bullet bras to bustles, Underneath It All is now open!

In the Museum's workshop, preparator Louis Mainieri constructs wire stands for articles of clothing that cannot stand on their own. Underneath It All opens June 30th.

The mannequins are dressed and starting to go into place. Underneath It All opens June 30th!

The 1950s brought back the large skirt with a small waist. Underneath It All opens June 30th.

This corset cover and petticoat would have been worn under a gown in the early 1900s. See this and more when Underneath It All opens on June 30th.