The bra is an essential undergarment that most modern women can’t think of doing without. Moreover, apart from being a necessity, bras have also become a fashion garment as they are available in umpteen styles that most women love to experiment with. But did women have so many options with bras a few decades ago? No! In fact, if we talk about a few centuries ago, bras did not even exist. Have you ever wondered when and how was the first bra made, who wore it and how its need was felt? Read the complete story to know all the interesting details about the advent of the bra.
Bra is a short form of French word brassiere which means “child’s vest”. The early versions of this garment were quite bulky and had elaborate contraptions. Precisely pointing out the period when the first bra was made is almost impossible, but its early depiction has been found in ancient Greece. It is believed that the modern day bra evolved out of the corset, however, the evidence indicates something completely different.
In 2008, while digging a castle in Austria, archaeologists found four tattered bras that were quite similar to the modern form of the undergarment. According to carbon dating, they were worn sometime between 1440 and 1485.
According to Beatrix Nutz, an Austria based archaeologist and researcher at the University of Innsbruck, bras were invented in the ancient period but then went out of fashion and forgotten. Eventually, they were invented again in the 19th century. According to a report by BBC, the patent for the modern bra was granted to a German woman named Christine Hardt in 1889.
However, a more popular patent for a more modern version of the undergarment was granted to socialite Mary Phelps Jacob in 1914. According to Phelps, she had created it with handkerchiefs and a pink ribbon a night before she was going out somewhere. However, it was an old lingerie house in France that played the key role in introducing bras in the way we know and use them today.