Lingerie Francaise Exhibition

By Chanyn Kirtman
July 18, 2014
Fashion, Lifestyle

Whether you are looking to escape the extreme weather conditions or for an excuse for a fun ladies' night, mark your calendars for one of the most anticipated exhibits to come to Tokyo. After making pit stops in major cities such as Paris, London, Shanghai, Dubai and New York, the Lingerie Francaise Exhibition, showcasing the expertise of French design and creativity, is on its way to Tokyo!


The Batsu Gallery in Shibuya will host the traveling lingerie retrospective, which will display archival lingerie from 11 renowned French lingerie manufacturers including Aubade, Chantelle, Empreinte, Implicite, Lise Charmel, and Passionata.

Corsetiers, design historians and the La Petite Histoire agency have collaborated in assembling a 130-piece collection of lingerie designs, which will be displayed in chronological sequence and will encompass designs from the early 19th century through to today’s innovations.


Curator and fashion history connoisseur Catherine Ormen molded this exhibit to celebrate the intricate details of French design techniques, from luxe fabrication treatments to extreme precision and the 20 to 30 pattern pieces needed just to make up a single bra.

The pieces will be presented thematically, beginning in the 1800s with corsets and garters introduced just before the first world war and flowing through the 1950s and 60s, when nylon, transparency and new shapes were introduced. The bodysuit is celebrated in the 1980s, followed by technological advances such as contouring the bust lines and shape wear, created in the 1990s. The show continues with haute couture pieces and tomorrow’s design innovations. Accompanying the garments are films, photos and old advertisement video installations used to further enhance the story.

The Deets

When: July 20-28, 2014, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Please note that the gallery will close at 4 p.m. on July 22 and 23, and at 5 p.m. on July 28.)

Where: Ba-tsu Art Gallery, 5-11-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Admission: Free!


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