'Undertaking Underwear History Research' - A Study Guide From The Underpinnings Museum

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This study guide is written in accessible language to provide an essential starting point for anyone new to the study of underwear history. Written by The Underpinnings Museum’s researcher Lorraine Smith, it features tips on a number of key issues - including how to come up with a research question, finding suitable archives to visit, starting your own collection, and researching using objects - plus it includes small tasks to help spark ideas, and has an underwear and research focused reading list and glossary.

This study guide is for personal use only, and may not be copied, published, resold or redistributed in any form.


Reviewer quotes:

“Undertaking Underwear History Research is a concise, convenient guide to embarking on all kinds of research on undergarments -- a woefully understudied yet incredibly important area of enquiry. Although targeted towards new researchers, it also proves handy for more experienced scholars, and its framework can be applied to many categories of dress.” 

Colleen Hill, Curator of Costume and Accessories, The Museum at FIT (USA)


"Despite a strong UK focus in its archive research tips, this document more than pays for itself with its extensive bibliography and appendices. If you are new to the study of intimate apparel, this is the perfect shortcut to get you all caught up!"

Cora Harrington, Author of In Intimate Detail, and Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Lingerie Addict (USA)


This product is a digital study guide which will be sent to your email address for you to download.

Photo by Tigz Rice for The Underpinnings Museum