600 year-old bras found in Austria

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A remarkable discovery by Beatrix Nutz has taken the world by surprise: bras were worn 600 years ago!

Bras were originally thought to have appeared about 100 years ago, but these four linen examples have proved specialists wrong. The bras and a pair of underwear were found at Lengberg Castle in

A fragment of a 15th century brassiere found in Austria. Image courtesy of Institute for Archaeologies, University of Innsbruck.

Tyrol in 2008 during conservation work, but were only known to the academic circle until now.

Fashion historians and curators are baffled by the finds as it was originally thought that women relied on rigid corsets as underwear until the end of the 19th century. This gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘vintage revival’…





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