The Juicy Couture tracksuit: once a staple wardrobe item for the likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, the velour two piece has now been relegated even further than the back of your wardrobe – you can catch it in a museum. That's right, where they keep historial artefacts.
Yep, a classic hot pink tracksuit will be on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as part of their upcoming exhibition Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear which opens in April.
The exhibition will look at “the history of private and intimate clothing”, ranging from those crazy hoops and hip padding of the 18th Century, corsets, bloomers and bustles, “exploring underwear’s function in decorating and manipulating the body”.
But hold on a minute…we know that embellished tracksuit was all about comfort, but we’re pretty sure we still wore actual underwear with it. The V&A say that underwear from all time periods will be displayed “alongside contextual images from the V&A archives”. We have a strong feeling this is where the thong could be making an appearance…
The Juicy Couture tracksuit was a uniform for the It girls of the eary noughties, where it was crucially paired with classic short Ugg boots (there’s a pair of these in the museum, too) for that ‘just rolled out of bed’ look, a messy top knot, white vest top and a slick of Lancome Juicy Tubes to finish the whole look off.
So are these tracksuits destined to end up antiques? If you’ve still got yours hiding in a long-forgotten drawer somewhere, hold on to it – while you can still pick up a tracksuit online, as well as a baby version for kitting our your kid, original styles might one day be worth enough money to replace it with a new one. Or, you know, buy something else.