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600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle make the news

A history programme surprises everyone - except for the archaeologists who know of the 600-year-old bra found in an Austrian castle

AP, Friday 20 Jul 2012
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Archeological Institute of the University of Innsbruck
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A revolutionary discovery has hit the world of underwear: Women 600 years ago wore bras.

The University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that archaeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra was commonly thought to be little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.

Bra found in castle
Archeological Institute of the University of Innsbruck

Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, says one specimen in particular "looks exactly like a [modern] brassiere."

Archaeologist Beatrix Nutz says the garments were unearthed in 2008 but did not make news until now. She gave a lecture on them last year but the information stayed within academic circles until a recent BBC history programme.

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