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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

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

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.

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

Bras in the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages was a dark time for many, and the early Middle Ages saw many women attempting to minimize their figures. Garments that drew attention to the bust were actually outlawed by the Catholic Church in an edict out of Strasbourg. By the late Middle Ages,