The diva inside
As Jennifer Hewitt said, "To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini - put it on and stay strong." This powerful medium never fails to inspire positive feelings about ourselves and about our bodies.
The first undergarments date back to the time of the Egyptians around 3000BC. Egyptians of higher ranking would wear tunics held up by a single shoulder strap as underwear. Later on, in 2000 BC a new type of undergarment was made in Crete, Greece, which bore close resemblance to the corset
. By the looks of it, clearly, they were not made for comfort but for pushing up the chest.
As the Middle Ages approached, the lingerie became a sign of wealth, especially, the chemise (or smock) and the corset. Fashion then required women's body to be flattish. Hence, the straight-line corset that flattened the chest were designed. But it created a lot of health issues for the users. Sometimes it would constrict their body so tightly that their organs and ribs were squeezed out of shape; sometimes cases of punctured livers would appear.
The Industrial Age gave rise to mass production of lingerie when the spinning Jenny and the cotton gin were invented. This enabled people to buy underwear from stores for the first time instead of making it at home. It was during the 1700s when women ditched the corsets and went back to wearing only simple bands wrapped around their breasts.
Come 1800, the Victorians took lingerie to the next level. They came up with the boned corsets decorated with laces and ribbons. They enhanced the figure by pushing up the chest. In 1876, garters were invented. French dancers created quote an uproar when they showed their garters stretched across their thighs in Moulin Rouge.
The camisole and the brassiere were invented in the 20th century. Mary Phelps Jacobs made the first brassiere in 1913, by tying two handkerchiefs together with ribbon. Soon after the design got patented and sold in the US.
In modern days, lingerie is used not just for support but also for style and confidence. Products like the bike briefs, thongs, babydoll and erotic leather bustiers have become famous. Fabrics such as silk, satin, Lycra, cotton and polyester are popular raw materials for lingerie.
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