Fashion experts were left baffled after the discovery of four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. The breakthrough has rewritten the history of underwear, revealing that despite what was once thought to be true; women wore bras some 600 years ago.
“From what we knew, there was no such thing as bra-like garments in the 15th century,” says Beatrix Nutz, the archaeologist responsible for the discovery. It was believed that women abandoned the tight corset for the bra. However, these findings suggest that the bra came first, followed by the corset, followed by the reinvented bra.
According to an article posted on Huffpost Style, the four linen textiles resembled modern day bras and were not only functional. Decorated with lace and other ornamentation, the design suggests the bras were also meant to please the suitor. Oh la la!
Chantelle Ova, CT digital intern