DESIGNING CORSETS: “Corsets are back, and they are meant to be seen,” said Colette Wong, assistant professor of fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Wong said that because of the rising popularity of corsets and their exposure at numerous fashion houses, such as Chanel, Versace and Gucci, FIT has developed its own 2 1/2-credit course entitled “Corsetry in Fashion.”
Wong noted that in order to understand the process of designing corsets, students investigate the techniques used in creating corsets of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries from which they are able to develop a technical pattern, use the appropriate fabrics and work with the traditional tools known to the corset-making trade. They also study how corsets are integrated into eveningwear and intimate apparel. For their final projects, students design and construct re-creations of period corsets, as well as contemporary, corset-inspired garments.

THE UNDERPANTS: A new version of the play “The Underpants” by actor, playwright, screenwriter and humorist Steve Martin will run through April 28 at the Classic Stage Company in Manhattan.
The adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comic play, directed by Barry Edelstein, focuses on a man, Theobald Maske, and the unusual problem his wife is experiencing.
“Her underpants won’t stay on,” said a spokeswoman for Jockey International, the underwear company that will be providing over 200 thongs to be thrown out to the audience. “One Sunday morning, the panties fall to her ankles in the middle of town and it becomes a public scandal. Mortified, Theo swears to keep his wife at home until she can find some less unruly undies.
“At the same time, Theo is trying to rent a room in their flat. But when the prospective lodgers arrive, they have some underlying surprises of their own.”
The spokeswoman noted that Lycra spandex could be the solution for the beleaguered wife’s “unpredictable panties.”
Following the performance today, the Classic Stage Company, along with actor Kevin Kline and playwright Wendy Wasserstein, will host a party for Steve Martin at the W Hotel in Union Square.

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