News

Happy Birthday to the Bra

Happy Birthday to the Bra

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRA: The first patent for the modern-day bra was filed in February, 1914. Photo: Associated Press

This year marks the 100th anniversary of everyone’s favorite foundation garment, the brassiere.

According the New York Post, a New Yorker wanted something more comfortable and functional than the typical corset. Mary Phelps Jacob filed the first patent for a bra in February of 1914 and was granted a U.S. patent in November of the same year. She sold the design a short time later for $1,500.

That launched a billion-dollar industry that would see all types of inventions and innovations – from Frederick Mellinger’s push-up bra, to the Wonderbra, to the international lingerie giant known as Victoria’s Secret and its million-dollar, diamond-covered bras – undergarments have come a long way in the last century.

AP080916010103

AP231052561724

AP6611101160

AP9601270698

AP7505011432

AP9601100853

AP9012030525

AP8603240139

AP01080801690

AP041008018248

AP061025042583

AP091026020155

And check out the latest in lingerie fashion from the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

roseanne

A walk down Hollywood's memory lane.

in Music

KISS to star in new ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie

kiss

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer have voiced themselves in the animated project.

in Music

This week’s top pop songs

maroon5

LISTEN: This week's top pop songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Music

Record Store Day celebrates all things indie

recordstoreday

Record Store Day celebrates thousands of independent music stores across America.

in Music

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts its 30th class

joanjettbilliejoarmstrong

Green Day, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr and others will be welcomed as the 2015 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.