New Exhibit Of Bust-Boosting Bra Dates Back To The 1800s

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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.

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