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Guelph museum looks at Waist Management

Unmentionables are going on display at the Guelph Civic Museum in a new touring exhibit from the Fashion History Museum.
The exhibit, “Waist Management: A History of Unmentionables,” opens Jan. 11 and offers visitors a visual journey through the evolving styles of corsets, crinolines, bustles and bras that have been used to idealize the female form since the late 18th century, a news release said.
“While undergarments have played an important part throughout fashion history, they were rarely seen – for obvious reasons,” said acting museum manager Bev Dietrich in the release. “Exhibitions dedicated to the history of undergarments are equally rare, so we’re thrilled for the opportunity to showcase a portion the Fashion History Museum’s vast collection of garments and offer a view of the evolution of unmentionables.”
The Fashion History Museum is a federal non-profit corporation that stores and maintains a collection of more than 8,000 garments and accessories, dating back to the 1660s.
It specializes in creating travelling exhibitions, developing research projects and partnering with other institutions to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of fashion history.

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