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The Evolution of the Modern Bra

As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, the first modern bras were patented in the early 1900s, and exploring the Edwardian era has brought us back to the birth of the modern bra. But the bra as we know it today has undergone a lot of change in the first half of the 1900s;

Bras in the Edwardian Era

The precursor to the bra took on many forms, and the early bra during the Renaissance and Victorian era went to new heights to provide shaping for women to assume the fashionable ideal of beauty. Women during this era donned torturous undergarments every single day for the sake of appearing “fashionable,” and women developed a

Bras and the Clothing Reform Movement

Last week, we took a look at the history of bras from ancient times up through the Victorian era. During the Renaissance and the Victorian era, the precursors to the modern bras had come to resemble modern-day torture devices. During the late Renaissance and the 1800s, the ideal of beauty came to be a very

Bras in the 1800s

The Victorian era in England was a time when women continued wearing tight-fitting garments designed to emphasize the breasts and hips by tightlacing the waist. However, in the late 1800s, the “corset substitute” began to emerge, and large-busted women began to see garments designed especially for them. The latter part of the 1800s saw the

Bras in the Renaissance

The Renaissance was a time for rebirth in many ways, and fashion was one area that certainly benefited from Renaissance influence. Gone was the prior emphasis on the stolid, minimal, functional wardrobe. During the Renaissance, clothes began to focus more on form than function, and fashionable styles emphasized a tiny waist and pushed the breasts