This exhibition is about clothing’ s propensity to reveal its structure and inner layers. Since the eighteenth century, clothing has tended to disclose its inherent elements. In doing so, clothing mediates between privacy and public presentation. One generation’s hidden structures is another’s conspicuous design; one generation’s undergarments are another’s flaunted external dress. Infra-Apparel proposes clothing’s important role in exposure: baring its own architecture and disclosing its layers in the same manner in which clothing grants us personal distinction and social exchange.
Images courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art