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Unmentionables: A Brief History of Underwear
In ancient Greece, women strapped lengths of cloth across their breasts and then covered them with tunics. These bosom protectors were the antecedents of the brassiere, which didn't come along until the 20th century. With the use of fine art, photography, film stills, cartoons, and ads, Unmentionables describes the social history of a subject that holds a powerful fascinat ...more
Hardcover, 157 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster
(first published November 11th 1996)
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I enjoyed this book, but was somewhat disappointed by just how basic the content was. Much of the information it contains can be found readily on wikipedia, and there are numerous instances where the author is needlessly vague. For example - there are at least two instances where she writes "Japanese men wore a similar garment" when referencing loin cloths, but she never calls the item in question a "fundoshi." However, when referencing corsets, crinolines, and other historic undergarments known ...more