600-year-old linen bra found

2012-07-18 22:28
The bra was already worn around 600 years ago before being abandoned for the stiff stays dictated by the form-hugging clothing that become the mode for centuries. (AP Photo/University Innsbruck Archeological Institute)

The bra was already worn around 600 years ago before being abandoned for the stiff stays dictated by the form-hugging clothing that become the mode for centuries. (AP Photo/University Innsbruck Archeological Institute)

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Vienna - A revolutionary discovery has hit the world of underwear: Women 600 years ago wore bras.

The University of Innsbruck said on Wednesday that archaeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra was commonly thought to be little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.

Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, says one specimen in particular "looks exactly like a [modern] brassiere".

Archaeologist Beatrix Nutz says the garments were unearthed in 2008, but did not make news until now. She gave a lecture on them last year but the information stayed within academic circles until a recent BBC history programme.

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