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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-10 06:25 PM
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The woman alleged to have invented the brassiere
Edited on Sun May-30-10 06:26 PM by no_hypocrisy
There were other versions before hers, but New York socialite Mary Phelps-Jacob is widely credited with inventing the modern bra, which turns 100 this year.

Born in 1891 in New Rochelle, Phelps-Jacob was a descendant of steamboat inventor Robert Fulton.

She was just 19 when she created an alternative to the corset while preparing for a debutante ball in 1910.

The filmy dress she planned on wearing had a plunging neckline, and the corset, constructed of whalebone and heavy fabric, was far too cumbersome.

Phelps-Jacob asked her maid to tie two white handkerchiefs together with some pink ribbon.

The improvised garment didn't offer much support, but it worked with the loose-hanging dresses of the period, and she wound up making versions for her high-society friends.

Phelps-Jacob got a patent in 1914 . . .




Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bra_uplifting_story_...


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Chalco Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-04-10 11:20 AM
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1. Ah, yes, the bra...

the burka of the West.
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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-10 06:38 PM
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2. Regarding burkas and bras
Your reply reminded me of something I heard a year or so ago-

Saudi women launch lingerie shop boycott
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Before her wedding last year, Huda Batterjee went abroad to buy her bridal lingerie -- she just couldn't bear the humiliation of discussing her most intimate apparel with a man.

She had little choice: there are almost no saleswomen in Saudi Arabia.

http://www.cleveland.com/world/index.ssf/2009/03/saudi_...




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whathehell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 08:36 AM
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3. Only if you wear it on your face...
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