Current Exhibitions

T.90-1984; T.90A-1984 Corset Corset

Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear
October 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018

The Frick is pleased to be the exclusive North American venue for this blockbuster exhibition organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Discover the fascinating world of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day in Undressed, which takes a serious look at an alluring subject. The exhibition illustrates how undergarments reflect society’s changing ideas about the body, morality, and sex, and the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in molding the body to an always changing fashionable ideal. Organized into thematic sections that explore such ideas as relaxation, revelation, temptation, transformation, and performance—Undressed looks at how our undergarments shape our bodies, and reveal things about ourselves. Organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Click here for more information. Read the news release by clicking here.

ADMISSION: Frick members receive free admission; Adult non-members $15; Senior/Student/Military $13; Youth 6–16 $8; Youth 5 and under free. Groups of 10 or more: $13 per person.

Image:  Cotton and whalebone corset, c.1890, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Lace and Luxury: Examples from The Frick Pittsburgh’s Costume Collection
September 1, 2017–January 7, 2018
The Frick Art Museum

Lace was the ultimate fashion accessory during the Gilded Age. Lace has been an elegant indicator of wealth and prestige since the 16th century. Handmade lace was laborious to produce, requiring time and a high level of skill that made lace available only to royalty or the fabulously wealthy. Industrial advances of the 19th century enabled the creation of inexpensive laces accessible to a broader market. Although machine lace dominated the 19th-century market, a demand for handmade lace continued in the luxury trade. As machine made lace became more common in the late 19th century, an interest in collecting and refashioning antique lace arose among wealthy women. Adelaide Howard Childs Frick, whose garments are featured in this focus installation, was fond of lace embellishment and her fashion choices projected a refined elegance typical of the period. The lavish lace on view displays both machine made and exquisitely crafted handmade examples. Free admission.

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