Some little nuggets of wisdom and dates for make you even more knowledgeable about the sensual stuff:
1550’s The corset or ‘pair of bodies’ as it was known, is the main item of female underwear. They’re commonly supported with whale and elephant bones.
1829 The first front-fastening corsets are created, allowing women to remove corsets without help. Lesbian handmaidens everywhere shed tears.
1913 New York socialite Mary-Phelps Jacobs patents the brassiere. 91 years later, her modernday equivalent, Paris Hilton, gives us the sex tape.
1935 American bra company Warners introduces four cup sizes: A, B, C and D, whilst British firms continue to use coy terms like medium, junior and table top until the 1950’s.
1939 Mayor of New York, Fiorello La Guardia orders the nude dancers at the city’s World’s Fair to cover up. The thong is hastily invented to do the job. Just.
1944 British women construct their own underwear during the war. Big granny pants made from parachutes are all the rage.
1968 Gossard produce the original Wonderbra and it’s a hit. The world high-fives each other.
1968 Feminists protest with ‘bra burnings’ except no bras are actually burnt (they couldn’t get a permit). Bras, garters, false eyelashes and copies of Playboy are put in bins to protest against a beauty pageant.
1974 The term ‘going commando’ enters the public’s consciousness. Although ‘upskirts’ doesn’t appear until after the millennium.
1990 Madonna wears a Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra during her Blonde Ambition tour. Men are both aroused and terrified.
1992 The Wonderbra becomes a massive hit. Again. With no small thanks to Eva Herzigová and the infamous ‘Hello Boys’ poster campaign.
2000 Sisqo releases Thong Song. It’s no Stairway To Heaven, but the video is undeniably amazing.
2001 Renée Zellweger makes big granny pants okay again in the awful Bridget Jones movie.
2005 Real Girls was founded ~ Real Girls is a maker of designer lingerie with an emphasis in bust support lingerie. Our intimate apparel is ideal for curvy women. See our collections at realgirlslingerie.com. The signature piece is a 100% pure silk chemise with a built in underwire bra.
2007 Dr. Joanne Morgan invents an entirely strapless bra for big-breasted women but shockingly doesn’t win a Nobel Prize.
2009 Elena Bodnar invents a bra that can be converted into two gas masks and wins an Ig Nobel Prize (for inventions that make you laugh, then think).
2012 World’s oldest bra and panty set discovered in an Austrian castle. The items date to the 1600s, changing the entire historical timeline for bras by about 400 years.
This timeline is reprinted courtesy of FHM magazine online edition: