1. V&A Shop
  2. Books
  3. Shop all books
  4. Underwear: Fashion in Detail

Underwear: Fashion in Detail


In Stock

Your product successfully added to bag

Free UK delivery on orders £60 and over

From camisoles to corsets, basques to boudoir caps and girdles to garters, Underwear: Fashion in Detail gets up close to some of the most intimate items in the V&A. The book traces the evolution of underwear, from rare examples dating from the sixteenth century and the exaggerated shapes of eighteenth-century courtly undergarments, to Dior's curvaceous 'New Look' girdles to contemporary lingerie by Agent Provocateur and Rigby and Peller. Meticulous colour photography shows these fascinating garments in close detail, while intricate line drawings reveal their construction. The book also highlights the work of designers such as Vionnet and Westwood, who have taken influence from underwear for their own outerwear creations.


Eleri Lynn




23.18cm x 1.91cm x 30.16cm



Product code


  • UK standard delivery £5
    (FREE on orders £60 and over*)
    (3 – 6 working days)
  • Europe standard delivery £20
  • Rest of the world standard delivery £30

Please note: due to unprecedented demand, orders are currently dispatched within 5 days.
We're working to return to our usual of 2 days as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. 


If you are not completely satisfied with your item you may return it within 28 days for a full refund.


Selected items may be purchased early for dispatch from the future date given in their product information.
Other items ordered that are available immediately will be shipped right away, separately, at no additional charge.

Find out more

About the author

Eleri Lynn

Eleri Lynn has managed the refurbishment of the V&A's Fashion Gallery and the new Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe House. She is curator of the V&A exhibition, Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion, was assistant curator of The Golden Age of Couture (V&A 2007) and co-coordinator of V&A's Fashion in Motion series of live catwalk events.