Incendiary: A History Of Red Lingerie

 

Merchandise from our exhibition 'Incendiary: A History Of Red Lingerie'.

The Underpinnings Museum presents Incendiary: A History of Red Lingerie, a digital exhibition examining the fashionability and societal perceptions of color red in European and American women’s lingerie.

Red is a versatile color, found in both flowers and fire and used to symbolize passion, love, power, danger, and death. When used to color women’s intimate underclothes and nightwear, the color’s poignant symbolism engages with societal perceptions of feminine sexuality and empowerment.

Incendiary tells this story through three time periods — the nineteenth century, mid-twentieth century, and contemporary lingerie — and features twenty-five objects from the Underpinnings Museum’s free and accessible digital collection. Highlights include a circa 1860s red midbust corset, a 1950s red padded quarter-cup bra by La Parisienne, a 1990s red-and-black corset from Agent Provocateur, and a risqué 2014 red “Java Dancer” set by La Perla Black Label.