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Underwear on display at St. Petersburg Museum of History


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When it comes to looking great, what’s underneath really does count. That’s the idea behind the second annual History of Fashion Night, tonight from 6 to 9 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

As part of Tampa Bay Fashion Week, the museum is hosting the party it says will uncover the evolution of underwear through the ages, “from the Roman amphitheaters to Lady Gaga.”

The party includes food, drinks, a live DJ and models on stage in underwear fashions from the turn of the century to today.

The History of Fashion Night is happening together with the museum’s monthlong exhibit “St. Pete Underneath, an Exhibit of Hustle and Bustle,” running through Sept. 30.

The exhibit presents a time line of men’s and women’s undergarments throughout history from “hoop skirts and bustles to Wonder Bras and thongs,” with side-by-side comparisons of vintage underwear ads. Displays explore how wartime efforts shaped the lingerie industry after the Civil War and how garments can go from unmentionable to acceptable outerwear in the span of a century.

Tickets for History of Fashion Night are $25 and include appetizers. Regular admission to the museum, including “St. Pete Underneath,” is $12.

The St. Petersburg Museum of History is located at 335 2nd Ave. NE in St. Petersburg. More information is available at www.SPMOH.org.

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