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If you appreciate cinema classics one would be excused for thinking that our prehistoric ancestors rocked furry bikinis à lá Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C., but for the longest of times ladies have been looking for ways to support, suppress or accentuate their curves.

From the origins of basic undergarments to the Victorian corset, the birth of the engineering feat of the underwire bra, that versatile undergarment that helps defy gravity. And it turns out we have ancient Egyptians to thank for it (no surprise there, Nefertiti).

Egyptians wore a band of linen under their diaphanous robes to flatten the bust line, while in China they were developing their own solutions – women wore single-pieced underpinnings that covered the breasts and belly but left the back, exposed. In fact, outerwear has always dictated the look and function of undergarments. Cretan women pretty much invented the corset to get a wasp-waisted look that predated Mae West’s hourglass figure by 3,000 years. But how did we get from there to La Perla and Agent Provocateur? I hope to offer some answers.

Here we present: • A Brief History Of Briefs • Lingerie Through The Decades • The Story Of The Bikini • The Most Memorable Swimsuit Images Of All Time • History Of Men’s Underwear • Brands Of Note.



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