SNIPPET: DID ANCIENT ROMAN WOMEN WEAR BRAS?

by admin on March 5, 2011

minoan virgin goddess

strophium

apparently at least some of them did.  fashion historians have found depictions of something called a “strophium” which looks a bit like a bandeau bikini top.  it’s unclear quite how it was constructed/wrapped, and looks to esme like something that would work best with a smaller breast.

another interesting little tidbit is that women in ancient crete wore tops which exposed their breasts.  this style signified that they were unmarried, virginal, and (presumably) fertile!  reminds me of some of the very low-cut blouses you seen in fashion magazines these days. (i personally have not seen them on real women)…..and most of the models look rather too skinny to imply fertility!

always curious,

esme

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