W omens bodies were controlled by corsets, crinolines and bustles. S-shaped silhouette came into being: the corset with a bustle in back made a woman sit with the very tip of her bottom on the edge of the chair. Women wore about 5 pounds of underwear (knickers, corsets, waist slip) and corseted themselves tighter then ever. The crinoline supported yards of fabric that completely exaggerated a woman's figure."In 1913, Mary Phelps Jacob, later known as Caresse Crosby, felt the corset was too restrictive for dancing in the nightclubs and claimed she invented the bra by tying two handkerchiefs together with ribbons. In contrast to the Victorian whalebone bodices and corsets, Jacob’s brassiere was soft, short, and gave a clear, natural separation between the breasts. She later sold the patent to Warner Brothers. The tango craze in 1915--as well as World War I and, to a lesser and indirect extent, the woman’s movement--encouraged the demise of the corset. The farewell to tighter garments, however, was short lived as woman turned to the girdle to achieve the long, lean, and androgynous clapper look of the 1920s"(1. http://www.randomhistory.com/1-50/028lingerie.html)
Lingerie became simpler and more practical. Corsets were substituted for a more flexible girdle with the modern bra. Paste colours for lingerie came into use. In 1910 boyish silhouette was "in". No waist, no hips, no bottom figure was a model of admiration. In the 1930's femininity was back again. A women was decently covered by the one-piece garments known as corsets consisting of a rounded and bust-emphasizing brassiere and girdle with garters. But one-piece corsets continued to be widely used. Panties grew smaller and smaller and eventually took the shape of bikini briefs.
"After the war, however, and during the Great Depression, bosoms returned. The “bra,” a shortened from of “brassiere,” changed from flattening breasts in the 1920s to accentuating them. In 1935, Warner Brothers introduced cup sizes, which acknowledged that women come in all shapes and sizes. The “alphabet bra” consisted of four cup sizes: A, B, C, and D. Double-D came along later and Double-A later still (Ewing 1976). During World War II, materials used to make undergarments, such as steel and rubber, were in short supply, so manufactures turned to synthetic materials which would eventually lead to Lycra, rayon, and Latex". (http://www.randomhistory.com/1-50/028lingerie.html)
Fashion is pushing women to show off the underwear as outerwear that is worn for the visual enjoyment of a partner. Lingerie is to be thought of by many woman as a second skin. Currently there is lingerie for all situations and intentions, including lingerie that is padded, gel-filled, air-filled, strapless, and backless. Also offered are the sexy thong, teddy, chemise, and peignoir as well as a plethora of everyday bras and panties. Contemporary lingerie can be whatever women want it to be. From “granny panties” to G-strings to fetish wear, women have more choices now than at any time in history (Kunzle 2004).(http://www.randomhistory.com/1-50/028lingerie.html)
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