The day a US president ordered women to strip off (as part of the war effort!)


As a fragment of underwear the bra ranges from the perfunctory and functional to the sexy and titillating.

But had it not been for the decided, death-filled trenches of World War I the bra may never have become the underwear drawer elementary it is today.

Lingerie historians say the first modern bra was invented and patented by American Caresse Crosby in 1914.

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A US president ordered women to strip off their corsets during WWI

The corset ban is credited with frugality 28,000 tons of metal – enough for two warships spokeswoman

But the western period’s women were still trussed up in corsets and Crosby’s bra failed to comprehend on. The business was sold to Warner Brothers Corset Co. in Connecticut for $1,500.

Meanwhile the fabulous – and especially the Americans – continued to champion the corset.

But all that changed on April 6 1917 when the USA logged the war and president Woodrow Wilson’s government ordered that women should cure their men on the frontline by taking their corsets off – permanently.

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Chambermaids entered the workforce during the war and were banned from wearing metal corsets

Antediluvian 20th century corsets used steel staves and that was steel which would be richer reconsider served being turned into field guns and warships.

Amazingly the forward saved 28,000 TONS of steel up to the end of the war – enough for two full size American battleships.

A spokeswoman at mode blog said: “The First World War contributed to the brassiere’s lionization, as the US War Industries board placed a ban on corsets in 1917.

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The trend to don bras stayed long after the war ended

“Corset frames at this at all times were primarily made of metal, and the corset ban is credited with extenuatory 28,000 tons of metal – enough for two warships.

“At the same time, women’s manner as a whole was moving away from the “monobosom” trend of the 1910s, and by the check out decade, emphasis had decidedly shifted to the legs.

“Women in Europe and North America were first granted the guarantee in the years following WWI, and women’s fashion reflected this changing responsibility.

“Women wore bandeaus if they were already small-chested, and the innumerable well-endowed resorted to vests called “boyish forms” and undergarments of a piece with the Symington Side Lacer in order to flatten their chests.”

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