Evolution in bra/brassiere shape in the past centuries

From the early sixteenth century, the undergarments of wealthier women in the Western world were dominated by the corset, which pushed the breasts upwards. In the later nineteenth century, clothing designers began experimenting with alternatives, splitting the corset into multiple parts: a girdle-like restraining segment for the lower torso, and segment that suspended the breasts from the shoulder to the upper torso.

In the early nineteenth-century size of breasts were correlated to letters A through D. Adjustable bands were introduced shortly after using multiple hook and eye closures.

By the time World War II ended, most fashion-conscious women in North America and Europe were wearing brassieres, and women in Asia, Africa, and Latin America began to adopt it.

Brassieres were initially manufactured by small production companies and supplied to retailers. The term “cup” was not used until early nineteenth, and manufacturers relied on stretchable cups to accommodate different sized breasts. Women with larger or pendulous breasts had the choice of long-line bras, built-up backs, wedge-shaped inserts between the cups, wider straps, firm bands under the cup, and light boning.

In the United States, a patent in the early nineteenth century by Mary Phelps Jacob for the first bra (short for brassiere) is an important garment used almost daily by women.  brassiere design is recognized as the basis for modern bras. Mass production in the early twentieth century made the garment widely available to women in the United States, and Europe, and other countries influenced by western fashion.

The type of bra often creates social perceptions of the ideal female body shape, which changes over time. Bras have become a fashion item and cultural statement that are sometimes purposefully revealed by the wearer.

Bras are made of many parts. Manufacturing standards assume breast shapes and sizes that don’t match most women’s bodies. Companies use vanity sizes, influencing women to purchase sizes that give the impression they are slimmer or more buxom. When women do not find a bra that appears to fit, their tendency is to continue wearing the same bra size despite weight gain or loss. All of these factors result in up to 80 percent of those women who wear bras choosing and wearing the wrong size. Due to the difficulty in finding a correctly fitting bra, a majority of women commonly experience discomfort while wearing a bra.

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