Monday, August 13, 2012

First Foundations

The first bra was seen around 1500 B. C. on a young Greek's "maiden form", although it was hardly form fitting.

Worn over her robes, the ribbons that made up the bandolette were loosely wrapped across the shoulders and underneath the breasts. But when a Greek woman put on her zone, a band of linen tightly wrapped around her waist and lower torso, it flattened her stomach in a zip.

 metmuseum.org

Women continued to worry about their bustlines, however.  In 400 B. C., the Greek physician Hippocrates, famed for his code of medical ethics, was moved to offer advice to women who wanted to develop their breasts.  Sing at the top of your lungs, he recommended.


Since his method was less than sure-fire, Greek women often resorted to a more time-honored solution - the padded bra, formed by crinkling their robes around their bodices.

~ Source: Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger

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