A 15th century bra was recently unearthed during reconstruction work at a medieval castle. The remarkably modern looking bra is arguably now the world's oldest known brassiere.
Fiber samples taken from the linen bra date to the medieval era, so this item appears to be legit. It pushes back the known history of the modern-styled bra by possibly more than 400 years.
The bra was discovered in a waste-filled vault at Lengberg Castle, East Tyrol, Austria. The stash included more than 2,700 individual textile fragments -- parts of nicely tailored trousers, buttoned shirts, and 4 modern-looking bras.
Beatrix Nutz, an archeologist from the University of Innsbruck, found all of it.
And below is a link to a radio report from NPR:
A missing link in the history of women's underwear has been revealed by the University of Innsbruck in the U.K. They are four linen bras dating back to the Middle Ages and change the answer to that nagging question, "Which came first, the corset or the bra?" Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, explains the importance of the find.