The discovery of 600-year-old lingerie in
an Austrian castle back in 2007 was recently highlighted in a BBC history program. According to the researchers, these intimate bits of history might help prove that women have been wearing
pretty much the same kinds of chestwear for hundreds of years.
Discovered by archaeologist
Beatrix Nutz and a team of her colleagues, the items might change the way we see
women's underwear. The linen bras uncovered in the medieval castle led researchers to believe that women have been wearing bras long before the invention of
corsets, and that corsets were actually invented as the uncomfortable, restrictive
version of bras.
Nutz presented academic papers about her discovery, and even analyzed the underwear for DNA. Apparently, medieval women saw no need to wear panties since the ones found in the castle belonged to a man.