Stretch fabrics provide a second skin that can shift our perception of our bodies, enhance our athletic performance, even improve our health. Second Skin: The Science of Stretch featured garments and textile-based medical devices created over the last century. From 1920s corsets and girdles to today’s lymphedema sleeves with a fashionable flair, these second skins changed how we move through the world.

Second Skin was on view in our Hach Gallery from November 4, 2016, to May 13, 2017.

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Generous support for Second Skin: The Science of Stretch was provided by the Alafi Family Foundation.