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Posted: Jul 23 2012, 02:59 AM
Group: Senior Member
Member No.: 35
Joined: 7-August 08
And I thought that they weren't invented until 1920something ....
A revolutionary discovery has hit the world of underwear: women 600 years ago wore bras.
The University of Innsbruck today announced archaeologists had found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.
Instead, it appears the bra came first, followed by the corset, followed by the reinvented bra.
One specimen in particular ''looks exactly like a (modern) brassiere'', said Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum. ''These are amazing finds.''
The university said the four bras were among more than 2700 textile fragments - some linen, others linen combined with cotton - that were found intermixed with dirt, wood, straw and pieces of leather.
"Four linen textiles resemble modern-time bras'' with distinct cups and one in particular looks like today's version, it said, with ''two broad shoulder straps and a possible back strap, not preserved but indicated by partially torn edges of the cups onto which it was attached''.
And the lingerie was not only functional. The bras were intricately decorated with lace and other ornamentation, the statement said, suggesting they were also meant to please a suitor.
See the historical garment here.
Posted: Jul 23 2012, 03:46 AM
Member No.: 4
Joined: 5-July 08
::03:: even as far back as then brs were meant for men more than women <:bg:>