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Date: 8/27/12 12:21 PM

Not sure if you have heard about this, but I thought it was very exciting! Great finds for costuming and lingerie references.
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The actual article is in the current BBC History Magazine.

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Date: 8/27/12 12:44 PM

Totally, utterly interesting! I'm going back to read the whole thing...

Isn't it amazing: it wasn't ALL THAT LONG AGO, yet we still don't know many of the details about historical dress!

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Date: 8/27/12 12:45 PM

Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it.
I still wonder if there wasn't some kind of panty thing going on even way back when?

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Date: 8/27/12 2:33 PM

Interesting. I'm pretty sure I have a bra like that, lol.

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Date: 8/27/12 9:32 PM

Quote: Maia B
Interesting. I'm pretty sure I have a bra like that, lol.

And if you don't, Madonna probably does!

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Date: 8/27/12 9:55 PM

Quote: AdaH
Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it.

I still wonder if there wasn't some kind of panty thing going on even way back when?

The author does go into that a bit, further down the page. In fact, there's a picture of an ancient and tattered string bikini bottom!
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Date: 8/27/12 10:38 PM

Well, "bra" is certainly better than "breastbag." Gives new meaning to "the ol' bag," eh?

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Date: 8/27/12 11:33 PM

I have some underwear that belonged to my great grandmother and her sisters. The underpants are basically two legs joined by a drawstring waist band. There is no crotch piece which made it possible for ladies to attend to their toileting without having to deal with all the petticoats they wore. Both the underpants or pantaloons and the petticoats have been embellished by hand crocheted lace. Brassieres were not worn in the 1890s- instead, women wore a corset which pushed the breasts into shape and reduced the waist circumference. It was covered by a lacy cover. My grandmother wore a corset until she died-

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Date: 8/28/12 0:19 AM

As a seamstress, I like this particular find very much. The story you read is that the first bras as such came into use in the early part of the twentieth century, but as people who sew, didn't we really, really know that smart women in ages past must have designed cool, lightweight little garments with shaped cups to keep the girls from flapping around?

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Date: 8/28/12 1:08 AM

Fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

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