Medieval Bra Discovered From the 1400s: Are Bras a Fashion Statement or a Necessity?

Fergie 2012/07/19 18:00:00
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The bra is generally accepted as a necessity and a sort of coming-of-age token by many in today's society, but we often take for granted that bras haven't always been around.

Mary Phelps Jacob was awarded the patent for the bra in 1914 but Austrian archaeologists recently discovered four bras from the 1400s. This pushes back the invention 500 years, making the lingerie staple's longevity even more impressive. Do you think the bra has become a type of fashion statement as of late -- or is it just an inconvenient necessity?

WIRED.CO.UK reports:
A team of Austrian archaeologists have discovered four bras from the 1400s. It reveals that women wore the garment some 500 years before fashion historians thought it was invented
1400s reveals women wore garment 500 years fashion historians invented

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  • cowboy 2012/07/20 10:43:25
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Try running from a saber-tooth tiger without it...I picture a lady trying to hold her boobs in her hands as she is running full sprint...

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  • Patent1 2012/08/18 03:16:38
    Yes, bras are a fashion statement
    I don't believe those bras were from the 1400's. They are too clean.
  • InoYamanaka 2012/08/18 00:48:57
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Not in public at least.
  • poet4justice 2012/08/18 00:46:17
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    they are both
  • lucky 2012/08/10 17:22:03
    Yes, bras are a fashion statement
    In most cases its a fashion statement, unless woman have a high BMI or participate in a lot of physical activity that bounces the chest around a lot, a bra really has no affect on sagging, sagging is mostly hereditary.
  • Transquesta 2012/08/06 01:09:15
    Yes, bras are a fashion statement
    I'm a guy so I'm hardly an expert on such things, but for some women with C-cup or above, I'd say it was a necessity. . .unless they don't mind kneeing their breasts every time they take a step.
  • Arianne Transqu... 2012/08/06 04:26:03
    Even A-cup boobs bounce when you run and jump, and it hurts. =))
  • Nika 2012/08/06 01:06:13
    Yes, bras are a fashion statement
    Both, though, for me I have small boobs and can go braless sometimes. Someone with bigger boobs are going to need the support.
  • sexyvgirl6969 2012/07/25 00:49:58
    Yes, bras are a fashion statement
    For me they are... but for someone with bigger boobs they're a necessity.
  • Skylaris Alanis 2012/07/24 00:28:46
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Skylaris Alanis
    I don't wanna be all saggy when I get older XD
  • deathblackviolin 2012/07/23 17:51:01
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    if you cant see them how are they a fashion statement
  • Nilam 2012/07/23 15:01:34
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    guess it depends how big your boobs are, if they are little then you can prolly wear what ever is cute....women with big ones has to wear what ever will fit comfy and support properly. my girl has trip D's, she can only go to one place like 3 hrs away and they get expensive, lemme tell you!
  • deathbl... Nilam 2012/07/23 17:59:04
  • Cherry 2012/07/22 08:32:39
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    They're a necessity for bigger chested females, or to wear under a thin shirt.
    But some girls (mostly the smaller chested ones) think of bras as fashion statements. Buying them in 'cute' prints and the Victoria's Secret stuff.

    Oh, boobs are going to sag anyways when you're older, whether you wear a bra or not.
  • MX9 2012/07/22 06:10:00
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    You don't need bras to live, but they are meant to help girls. its sort of turning into a fashion thing as well though
  • GirlyGirl™ 2012/07/22 02:41:41
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    For me, it's a necessity!

    sexy bra
  • C. C. Rider 2012/07/21 23:45:09
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    C. C. Rider
    Bras are a necessity to attrack the male, you know, so he can see how it will look wrapped around his head.
  • serethiel 2012/07/21 22:54:42
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    though they can be used as a fashion statement, too.
  • Any 2012/07/21 15:19:33
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    34DD? NEED BRAS.

    For A's and maybe B's they could probably get away without them. But a large B and above, it's tough if not impossible to go without one.
  • Bronar 2012/07/21 12:09:12
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Depends on the size of the jugs.
  • Melissa Ray 2012/07/21 05:42:30
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Melissa Ray
    Wellll without them us girls boobs would just be flopping everywhere all day, and the cold, well im not gonna go there. Im sure alot of guys would say they're not, but, I'd feel odd without one, but thats just me.
  • Marissa Garreffa 2012/07/21 02:52:09
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Marissa Garreffa
    For a smaller cup size, like an A, B, or even a C, it's not that much of a necessity. ANYONE over a D cup needs a bra or they can't run very well. I know that for a fact.
  • Jacob Torres 2012/07/20 22:25:43
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Jacob Torres
    I'm sure an A or B cup could function just fine without a bra, but let's see an E or F cup go jogging braless.
  • sglmom 2012/07/20 22:22:05
    Nope, bras are just a necessity
    Try being physically active ..
    (either athletically .. or with your employ .. any physically active profession)
    you find quite quickly indeed ..
    that as a Woman .. one needs a bit of support and containment for certain portions of the anatomy!
  • Rubyking 2012/07/20 21:29:22
    Yes, bras are a fashion statement
    evil bra's
  • Altering_Minds. 2012/07/20 21:28:11 (edited)
    Yes, bras are a fashion statement
    Now stupid wemon just use them to make their breast look bigger...but you can be cool without big breast... stupid wemon breast bigger cool breast
  • Any Alterin... 2012/07/21 15:18:51
    what about women who do have big breasts that cause pain if they don't wear bras?
  • Alterin... Any 2012/07/21 15:52:07
    Before i answer this i have no idea why you are asking me this question...women's big breast are heavy and the bounce around easiliy...
    answer womens breast heavy bounce easiliy
  • Any Alterin... 2012/07/21 20:24:52
    I have no idea what your response means?
  • Alterin... Any 2012/07/21 21:41:57
    Your question didn't make sense...it's not my fault...
  • Any Alterin... 2012/07/22 01:03:11
    "stupid [women] just use them to make their breasts look bigger."

    You're the stupid one.
  • Alterin... Any 2012/07/22 01:08:07
  • Any Alterin... 2012/07/22 02:41:27
  • Alterin... Any 2012/07/22 04:55:32
    What is that a song?
  • Any Alterin... 2012/07/22 05:33:47
    why yes, it is!
  • Alterin... Any 2012/07/22 05:47:25
    The person who sings it must be dumb...it doesn't even have real lyrics....and you can forget about meanning...
  • Any Alterin... 2012/07/24 00:49:48
  • Alterin... Any 2012/07/24 01:04:02
  • Any Alterin... 2012/07/24 01:46:10
  • kabul Alterin... 2013/02/19 07:29:49
    Why your brest is big
  • kabul Alterin... 2013/02/19 07:31:53
    i lik your brest

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