Though the first brassieres went into mass production roughly a century ago, thereby ushering in the rapid decline of the corset, no one can say for sure when bras were really invented. But archaeologists from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, have found something that could set the estimated date back by centuries.
“Up to now, there was nothing to indicate the existence of bras with clearly visible cups before the 19th century,” writes Beatrix Nutz, a university archaeologist. But now the university is proudly displaying four bras with “distinctly cut cups” dating back to the 15th century.
Story: Spiegel.de | Photo: Innsbruck University