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Breast enhancer: The padded bra, which will be on display at the Science Museum on Wednesday, was designed and made in Europe in around 1880

Breast enhancer: The padded bra, which will be on display at the Science Museum on Wednesday, was designed and made in Europe in around 1880

The bra did not become commonplace until 1907, when it featured in Vogue. Until then, it would have been a luxury item only available to wealthier women, and made-to-measure.

Cup sizes as we know them, denoted by letter, were not introduced until the 1930s in the U.S.

 

The underwear forms part of a collection on display in a glass cabinet containing various 19th century cosmetic devices.

Among them are cheek plumpers for women who had lost their teeth, false eyebrows made from mouse fur and patches to cover scars and spots.

it featured in Vogue. Until then, it would have been a luxury item only available to wealthier women, and made-to-measure.

Cup sizes as we know them, denoted by letter, were not introduced until the 1930s in the U.S.

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