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Monday, May 12, 2014

The History of the Bra is Older than you think!

It's true ladies! 
New evidence has come to light, that proves the Bra came first, followed by the Corset, then the Bra again in women's undergarments and fashions.
I was moving my writing desk & PC,  and came across a pile of notes and scraps of 'useful information' that I might use for my writing one day. In it was this tiny piece I'd cut from a magazine or newspaper a few years ago. I delved into the news behind the piece, and here's what I found ...

It was commonly thought the bra was a little more than 100 years old. Born at a time when the tight corset was abandoned for a more suitable garment for women to wear.



The word 'bra' didn't come into effect until the early 20th century when garment traders borrowed it from the French word "brassier" meaning, 'a child's chemise - shoulder strap'

The reality of the Bra being a 'Modern' invention, can now be laid to rest with a discovery made at Lenberg Castle in Austria - Vienna. In 2008, beneath the floorboards, during some renovations, Archaeologists found a space filled with dry organic material, branches, straw, processed wood, leather, shoes, yarn rope & more than 2,700 textile fragments. There were men's linen shirts and a complete pair of men's underwear - (being that only men wore underpants in those days while women wore nothing beneath their skirts). Hence came the saying - "who wears the pants in this family".
Amongst this magnificent find, were four lace-decorated linen bras. This discovery pushes the date of this type of woman's undergarment more than 500years.

Beatrix Nutz
The information about this find was not published until July 2012 by  FoxNews.  Beatrix Nutz, of the University of Innsbruck, the Archaeologist responsible for the discovery, said they had to research the items to make sure they were genuine before they could publish the find.
In 2011, she delivered a lecture that stayed within the academic circles until an article was released in the BBC History Magazine. She said, carbon dating them also took some time. "We didn't believe it ourselves," she said in a telephone call, "From what we knew there was no such thing a bra-like garments in the 15th Century." Beatrix has dated the garments between A.D. 1390 & 1485.
Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, said, "These are amazing finds, one specimen in particular looks exactly like a (modern) brassier."
There are numerous medieval written sources that describes bras as  'breast-bags', but until this discovery no-one had any idea what they looked like. According to Nutz, it was likely women made these garments themselves, not using male tailors. Now the discovery will enable archaeologists and clothing historians to find out more about tailoring by women.

Support of the bosom
by a brassier - French 1900.
A therapeutic elastic breast
girdle for 'breast hypertrophy'
c/ Leon Jules Rainal Freres
1907










The History of the Bra has always been entwined with women's fashion and the changing views of the female body. There have been a variety of devices and garments used to restrain, cover reveal, or modify the breasts. From the 14th century, undergarments were dominated by the corset, made to push the breast upward, and worn mostly by wealthier western women. It wasn't until the late 19th century that the arrival of the Bra saw the decline of the corset as the preferred garment to support the breast, although large scale commercial production of bras didn't occur till the 1930's.
Today Brassier manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar industry.


Acknowledgements: 

FoxNews.
Wikipedia - History of Brassiers
Photos of Bras taken from wikipedia

2 comments:

Téa Cooper said...

How interesting! So much for Otto Titzlinger!

Marianne Theresa said...

Hhahaah You're right Tea :)
I found this info on that topic :)

>>>The truth about Otto Titzling, if you can handle it, is that he never existed in the first place. Nor did Hans Delving, nor Philippe de Brassiere. They are all fictitious characters invented by Canadian author Wallace Reyburn for his wholly satirical "history" of the brassiere published in 1972, Bust-Up: The Uplifting Tale of Otto Titzling and the Development of the Bra. Reyburn based the names on crude, if memorable, puns — Otto Titzling ("tit-sling"), Hans Delving ("hands delving"), Philippe de Brassiere ("fill up the brassiere").

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/business/a/otto_titzling_2.htm