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A mysterious man unveils a gift for his lover, a sexy red velvet brassiere.
A great racy, romantic Valentine's Day card for your love.
Photography by Edward M.Fielding
In 1907, fashion magazine American Vogue, used the term "brassiere" for the first time. Then in 1911, the word brassier first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary.
In 1914, Mary Phelps Jacob, a New York City socialite, received a patent for inventing the modern version of the "bra". She used two handkerchiefs and a pink ribbon to create the "Backless Brassiere." She eventually sold the patent to the Warner Brothers Corset Company.
World War I contributed to the decline of corset-use in America as American women entered the workforce in great numbers and the corset was deemed an impractical and awkward device that no longer seemed appropriate.
There was also a need for metal for the war effort. The U.S. War Industries Board could also use the extra 28,000 tons of metal that corset manufacturing required. Believe it or not there was enough steel to make two battleships in all of those corsets.
A surprisingly modern-looking linen bra dating back 600 years has been found in a medieval castle in Austria.
According to the Associated Press, the lingerie was first discovered in 2008, but the garments have flown under the radar until now. The finding is a surprise to fashion historians, who have believed that the bra was a relative newcomer to the clothing scene, dating back only a century or so.
A brassiere (pronounced UK: /ˈbr�zɪər/, US: /brəˈzɪər/; commonly referred to as a bra /ˈbrɑː/) is a woman's undergarment that supports her breasts.
The bra has become a feminine icon or symbol with cultural significance beyond its primary function of supporting breasts. Some feminists consider the brassiere a symbol of the repression of women's bodies[unreliable. Culturally, when a young girl gets her first bra, it may be seen as a rite of passage and symbolic of her coming of age.
January 11th, 2013
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