Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine
Bras are busy undergarments: Lifting, separating-even seducing. Below, a peek at their well-rounded history.Read More »from Beauty by Numbers: Bras
100: Number of tassels on the breast covering that Hera, the Greek goddess, wore to distract Zeus from the Trojan War in Homer's The Iliad.
1858: Year a Brooklyn woman invented an insert, made of coiled wire and padding, for a corset that made the breasts look bigger. She filled the pads with bark, grass, or curled hair, which she believed would be sweat-resistant.
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1950s: Decade training bras for adolescents were first made.
1907: Year the word "brassiere" first appeared in Vogue, in reference to a breast-shaping garment worn in addition to a corset.
4: Years later that Macy's opened a brassiere department.
22: Actress Clara Bow's age when she went braless in the 1927 film It. "She's top-heavy with 'It,'" a character remarked in a scene where Bow's nipples are visible through her shirt.