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The History Of The Bra – From A Fabric Band To Sexy Lingerie

The Very Beginning Of A Bra

Brassieres can be found to originate as far back as 62AD; however the brassieres used in the past are not what we would class as bras today. Definitely not sexy lingerie! They could be as simple as a band of cloth over their breasts, or even almost like a bikini which is what is believed that ancient Greek women wore when taking part in sports. There are even references to brassieres in 1st century AD India! This piece of lingerie truly has a long history. Wholesale Corsets

The Middle Ages.

In the middle ages it was more likely that women used cloth to bind their breasts, as opposed to sexy lingerie like bras! In China during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) cloth with cups and straps drawn over their shoulders were used as a form of bra. During the middle ages, support was either not allowed or women used bodices or corsets what was worn depending on where you lived, what social circle you were in and the restraints placed on women at that time.

The Edwardian Times.

During the Edwardian era corsets turned into more like a girdle, which was accompanied by an upper garment called a bust bodice, which had a similar function to the bras we know today. The bra we know today was driven into being by two main movements; health professionals became concerned about the constricting effects of the corset and feminists realised that with the greater participation of women in society the corset would need to be reformed into a more suitable type of lingerie. In 1874 Elizabeth Stuart Phelps urged women to burn their corsets, which inspired the 1963 bra burnings. Early brassieres in this era were either wrap around bodices or close-fitting camisoles designed to wear over the corset. cheap plus lingerie

19th Century – The Push Up Bra.

The world’s oldest push up bra is claimed to be from the early 19th century, in the early 19th century there were a lot of patents taken out of different types of bras, this era created the foundations for the bra that we know today. Names like « true corset », « flynt waist », « corset substitute », « corselet gorge » began to hit magazines and selves as designers raced to own this new niche in lingerie.

At first these were only popular for women who had medical reasons not to wear a corset, yet the bra became more and more popular over time. The precursor to the under wired bra was invented by Marie Tucek in 1893 yet unfortunately it was not successfully marketed.