Arts note: Missouri History Museum opens 'Underneath it All'
Anyone who still thinks of the Missouri History Museum as a stuffy place where you can see the ball gowns of the Veiled Prophet queens needs to check out the exhibit that opened this past weekend. (Plus, you're wrong and you've reached "a certain age.")
Titled "Underneath it All," it gives people a look at the changes in women's undergarments from the 19th through the 21st centuries.
As a press release says, it "seeks to chronicle the history of consumer culture, the societal roles of American women and the ever-changing standard of beauty. Underwear has played a key role in women’s quest to achieve what society believes to be the ideal female silhouette. Something as seemingly insignificant as a corset or a bra can actually help define a decade, a generation or even an entire social movement."
"Underneath it All" displays a dressed mannequin in an iconic fashion of the era along side a mannequin modeling the foundation needed to create the silhouette.
The exhibit runs through through Jan. 27, 2013.