History of Lingerie

Gabriel Knight By Gabriel Knight, 14th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/khdk9vwq/
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A history of lingerie from the pre-B.C. era to present.


Lingerie can make a woman feel desirable, and it can make a man lose track of his senses. The right lingerie at the right time can make a boring night a night to remember. Many women today will wear lingerie under their normal clothes. They say it makes them feel good about themselves and instills confidence.

Breasts Revealed

Pre-B.C. woman would expose their breasts wearing a bodice of bone. The Minoans believed this display represented the woman’s ability to create life, and it was considered erotic. In Rome, there was the toga. Men and women alike would not wear clothing under the toga. Women would at times wear a strophium (breast cloth), but many would prefer the less restrictive method of just a toga.

Time to Cover Up

When the Medieval Ages hit, women were covered in clothes from head to toes. They would wear undergarments (chemise) to protect their clothing from the filth of their own bodies and to protect expensive clothing from getting sweat stains. Corsets were designed to give the woman a perfect hourglass figure. No matter how painful it may be. The corset would shrink the waistline and push the breasts against her body. On more than one occasion they would pass out because the corset was on too tight. Some would decorate the corset with images and phrases which was meant for only their lover to see.

Breasts Bounce Back

In the 1700’s the French (of course) decided to get rid of the corset, and created a band around the waist which would slim the waist, but enhance the breasts. As the 1800’s hit, so did the return of cleavage. This was the period that brought forth the push-up corset. Victoria’s Secret was named after the Victorian’s era of lingerie in fashion. The first front fastening corset was created in 1829. Then, 1830 brought the elastic corset which gave more comfort to wearing them (no more passing out). In 1876, the first garters were made to hook to a woman’s stockings. This era also spawned the striptease.

More Skin, Less Clothing

Carese Crosby felt the corset was too restrictive and claims to have invented the bra. She states that she created the first one by tying too handkerchiefs together. Later she sold the patent to the bra to Warner Brothers. In 1935, Warner Brothers introduced cup sizes. Howard Hughes designed the famous Jane Russell bra.


Lingerie today follows the adage that less is more. Strapless bras, thongs and see-through garments are what people think of when they think lingerie. But the lingerie that is worn behind closed doors can be very minimal or not revealing at all. The point of lingerie in today’s society is to turn on the man, but feel good about yourself while you are doing it.

Also read:
Five Types of Lingerie-Babydolls to Teddies


Breast, Carese Crosby, Corset, History, Jane Russell, Lingerie, Minoan, Warner Brothers

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Aug 2011 (#)

What a breathtaking glimpse of the history and ideas behind it all. Thank you Launie for sharing:-))

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Aug 2011 (#)

Very nice.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Apr 2012 (#)

What a take on history of the bare essentials. Men have it easy always! siva

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author avatar Johnny Knox
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Great article and a very interesting historical piece. Thanks!

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