“All Year 11, 12 and 13 textiles students from Redland High and Red Maids’ visited the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to see their current exhibition ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear’. This helped us do some primary research into fashion and history and to gain inspiration for our current GCSE and A level projects. This trip also gave us the opportunity to see a range of incredible costumes and garments, and the construction details and decorative techniques used.
“It was useful to see the development of underwear from corsets and bustles through to the type of underwear we wear today. We saw how underwear has changed from only being worn below outer items to also being worn on top making that transition to visible outer wear in a relatively short period of time. This reflects how modesty and moral views have changed so rapidly since Victorian society.
“We saw many other collections at the museum, including fashion, architecture, jewellery, glass as well as theatre and performance which (much to our delight!) has a rather entertaining dressing-up section.
“We had the chance to make sketches and take photographs in the fashion section which we can now use to enhance our coursework. Overall, it was a great trip providing lots of inspiration and ideas for us all.”
Article written by Hebe and Nia (Year 13)