The role of sexuality in fashion is to be explored by the Museum at FIT in New York, Fashion Wire Daily reports.

The show looks at overtly sexy pieces, such as the Playboy Bunny outfit and Agent Provocateur's leopard print lingerie and also pieces from history such as waist cinching corsets and the micro mini skirts of the sixties.

The show, curated by Colleen Hill, looks at the way the concept of beauty and the female body have evolved.

It will also look at fetish items, including studded stilettos by Christian Louboutin and Rick Owens’ goth priestess ensemble.

Dr. Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT, said of Hill: "Her taste is very sweet and pretty, so I remember at one point I said jokingly to her, ‘Aren’t you going to have any leather?’ So she ended up including a John Galliano leather and lace corset evening dress from 1990.

"For softer seduction or overt, more pervy sexuality, she got a wonderfully seductive body conscious Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein and a flower petally Alber Elbaz from Lanvin, and some very body-con Jean Yu.""

But, said Dr. Steele, "There are also various kinds of symbolic associations. For example, certain kinds of clothes evoke images of the vamp and the bad boy. So it’s not just a question of revealing skin, but of fantasies."

"Seduction" is the first chronological survey exploring sexuality in fashion. It runs through June 16, 2009.