Over the last 100 years they’ve been bought, sold, cherished, and burned. When Caresse Crosby filed a patent application for a "backless brassiere" in 1914, she likely never thought she'd see a day when a diamond encrusted bra worn by a super model would make headlines. From ancient Roman mosaics to Gautier's designs that Madonna famously wore, the bra has gone through a lot of changes over the years.
You can also listen to Virginia's interview with Lynn Boorady, Associate Professor and Chair of Fashion & Textile Technology at SUNY, about the history and significance of the brassiere, below.
Check out this video from National Geographic on the secret history of the bra.