I spy with my little eye... the 100th birthday of the bra!

Wednesday will be the 100th birthday of the bra! After centuries of corsets, it isn't a comfort matter that pushed 19 year old New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob to research alternatives, it is aesthetics. She simply couldn't find undergarments discreet enough for her sheer evening gown, but she was crafty and imaginative and improvised what would become the first version of a bra with 2 silk handkerchiefs and a pink ribbon. As much as I admire corsets, I am grateful of her inspiration that day, I'm not sure how bearable a corset would be in the desert by 45°C...

The modern version of the bra as we know it appeared around the 1930's.
If you've been following me for a while, you will remember this post about the mechanics of undergarments and how they are a fantastic testimony of aesthetics changes, but also how they molded our bodies.

1950's French Brassière

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