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Ye Olde Breastbags: Archeologists Discover the World’s Oldest Bra

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Madeleine Davies


When it comes to undergarments, don’t you just love the vintage look? Sure, we could talk about the bullet bras of the garters of the ’50s, the underpinnings of the ’40s or the tap pants and teddies of the ’20s, but if you want to be legitimate in your enthusiasm for old-timey undies, you need to look back farther than that by about 500 years.

Archeologists recently discovered what they believe to be the world’s oldest bra, created anytime between 1390 and 1485 A.D., hidden beneath the floorboards of an excavation site at Austria’s Lengberg Castle. While there have been previous references to “breastbags” (so simple, so romantic) in medieval written sources, archeologists have been unable, until now, to produce fragments of the actual garment.


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