Breaking Free from Corsets：
A Look at the Revolutionary Invention of the Modern Bra
Bras have had a long and fascinating evolution in Western fashion history. Today, we take for granted the everyday bra, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, the modern bra is only a relatively recent innovation, tracing its roots back to ancient civilizations such as Greece and Rome.
Roman women wearing breastbands during sports. The Coronation of the Winner mosaic (a.k.a. the 'Bikini mosaic'), Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, 4th century AD.
During the Middle Ages, women wore corsets to shape and support their breasts. However, as fashion evolved to emphasize slim waists and hourglass shapes, corsets became more restrictive and uncomfortable.
By the turn of the 20th century, women were looking for a better solution. Enter Mary Phelps Jacob, who in 1914 patented the first bra made from two handkerchiefs and some ribbon. Her invention was a game-changer, providing comfort, support, and freedom of movement to women.
The evolution of bras continued in the 1920s with the rise of the "flapper" style, which led to the creation of bandeau bras. In the 1930s and 40s, structured bras with underwire and padded cups became popular to create a curvier figure. During the 1950s and 60s, bras became an essential part of everyday fashion, with the invention of push-up bras and other designs that provided extra support and lift.
During the 1960s and 70s, feminism and the sexual revolution paved the way for the braless movement, with women embracing their bodies and freedom from restrictive undergarments. However, as exercising became more popular, there was a need for bras that provided support during workouts. This led to the invention of the first sports bra, called the "Jogbra," which provided the much-needed support and comfort for women during physical activity.
Today, there are countless types of bras available on the market, with styles ranging from sports bras designed for athletes to lacy, sensual bras meant for romantic occasions. There are bras for every body shape and size, with different features to accommodate the needs of women with varying levels of physical activity and personal preference.
As a fashion designer, I am excited to present our latest design innovation - BRALESS. Inspired by the liberation of women's chests and the desire to break free from the constraints of shapewear and society's homogeneous beauty standards, our brand aims to showcase the true beauty, timeless elegance, and quality materials that our customers deserve.
Our BRALESS dresses are made to be effortless and easy to wear, giving our customers the freedom to move around with confidence and comfort.
Whether you're running errands or heading out for a night on the town, our dresses seamlessly fit any occasion. Don't just take our word for it - our happy customers, like Leslie K., Julia M., and Kristin L., rave about the versatility and wearability of our products.
At ALLOVIN, we're more than just a fashion brand - we're a community of women who inspire and uplift each other. Our brand is grounded in the idea of empowering women to be themselves and to embrace their natural beauty, and we're proud to play a part in the evolving conversation around body positivity and self-love.
Join us as we continue to push the boundaries of fashion and challenge traditional beauty norms. Shop BRALESS today and experience the freedom and confidence of our unique designs.