Happiest of birthdays to the bra! The undergarment that holds our "girls" in place, keeps our clothing looking sleek, and is probably indirectly responsible for the birth of at least a few million babies throughout modern history, turns 100 today. To be fair, the very first bra-like contraption, which looked and felt more like a torture device, dates way back to the 14th century, but women are breathing easier these days thanks to New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob, who patented the design for a more comfortable backless bra on this date in 1914.
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Since its inception, the brassiere has been reinvented and reimagined so many times it barely resembles Jacob's original concept, which basically consisted of two handkerchiefs tied in the back with a ribbon.
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Here's a look back at 14 of the most memorable moments in the history of the bra.
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