Through out history, women have used a variety of garments to cover and alter their breasts. Bikini type garments are depicted on some female athletes in the 1400s BC during the Minoan civilization era. In China, wealthy woman, during the Ming Dynasty wore a form of a bra complete with cups and straps drawn over the shoulders and tied to the girth seam at the lower back called a dudou.
From the 1500s onwards, the undergarments of well off women were dominated by the corset, which pushed the breasts upwards. In the latter part of the 1800s, clothing designers began to produce various alternatives to the corset.
By the early 1900s, garments more closely starting to resembe bras of today had emerged. Large-scale commercial production of these types of bras did not occur until the 1930s. Since then, bras have replaced corsets and bra manufacture has become a huge industry all over the world. Women have come a long way in their freedom for fashion. They had to live through the days of tightly-cinching themselves to look good. Today bras come in many styles and are worn to make a fashion statement as much as for comfort and functionality. The bra has become not only a method of supporting the breasts, but of wearing them to look sexier. Wherever a woman goes these days, whatever she does, there’s a bra to fit her lifestyle and activity. Womans bras have come a long way and the history of the bra goes on.
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