Historical clothing is another on of those things that fascinates me, so when I came across this, I just couldn’t resist sharing. The most interesting thing about this, to me at least, is how modern these garment appear.
True Medieval Bra and Underwear? — What do you think?
Photo By University Innsbruck Archeological Institute
… Archaeologists from the University of Innsbruck found (in 2008–only now hitting headlines) what appears to be several linen bras and a pair of underwear while excavating at Lemburg Castle in Tyrol. They were stuffed inside a vault in the south wing, along with old shoes, a codpiece and some shirts–one can only imagine what would possess someone to shove these items into a vault…
Now, the thing is… We don’t really know if these are bras and underwear. There is no doubt, since they did a carbon dating, that the garments are from some 600 years ago. The underwear resembles a string bikini — not unlike what was worn by some men. And the “bra” itself, designed of linen, lace and other adornments. There looks to be a spot where a backstrap could have been–torn edges make it seems so. But if you look around the front at the bottom of the piece, it is also torn–looks as though it has come off of a corset or kirtle–which was a long tightly fitted smock that was worn under gowns, sometimes tied tight to give support.
What do you think?
Other History Articles worth the read this week:
- The Real El Camino Real
- The Butterfly Man
- Royal Revenge in Tudor Times
- Shakespeare’s Dark Lady Revealed
- A Lighthearted look at the British Calvary
- What the Victorians REALLY ate
- World’s Oldest Known Bra Found (news.discovery.com)
- Medieval lingerie discovery pushes invention of the bra back by 500 years (wired.co.uk)
- Correction: ODD-Austria-Medieval Bra story (sfgate.com)