18 Jul '12, 3pm
Medieval "Lingerie" From 15th Century Austrian Castle Stuns Fashion Historians | Ecouterre
Archaeologists have unearthed several 600-year-old bras that experts say could rewrite fashion history . While they’ll hardly send pulses racing by today’s standards, the lace-and-linen underpinnings predate the invention of the modern brassiere by hundreds of years. Found hidden under the floorboards of Lengberg Castle in Austria’s East Tyrol , along with some 2,700 textile remains and one completely preserved pair of (presumably male) linen underpants, the four intact and two fragmented specimens are believed to date to the 15th century, a hypothesis scientists later confirmed through carbon-dating.