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.
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Silk dress, ca. 1860s. 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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