The first pieces of underwear can be traced back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece, when it seems their use was widely functional. Women of Crete were and are known to have worn a simple corset to support female breasts at the base and a very early prototype of the bra to preserve youthful shape of breasts. Need for brassiere called as a strophium, was known in Roman times.
Brassiere, which in ordinary life is often referred to as simply bra, is universally deemed an utterly useful invention that has made a woman’s life easier and more comfortable.
With the exception of the few adherents to the natural look of female breasts, millions of women acknowledge the utter need for brassiere. Female breasts are made of adipose tissue, which is characterized by very little support. Mother Nature has provided some means to support female breasts in the form of a certain component of skin covering the breasts. The ligaments present natural anatomic support for the female breasts. However, this is not enough to minimize the discomfort and pain that movements of breasts may cause. Another important aspect of the problem to be mentioned is the inevitable changes in the condition of female breasts that accompany her age. There is hardly a single woman would willingly resign herself to her breasts becoming flaccid and sagging.
In the Middle Ages, members of the European nobility began to wear straightforward linen clothes under richly decorated and expensive outer dresses. This both protected these luxurious costumes from dirty bodies, and provided a layer of warmth for the wearer. Small, firm breasts were back in vogue, and women wore a multitude of corset-like variations. These early forms of the corset generally emerged in the fifteenth century and then emerged the need for brassiere. The rigid centrepiece, known as the basque, would support female
breasts and was often decoratively carved and enjoyed a trend as a lover's token.
In this respect the need for brassiere can’t be denied. Along with its primary function to support female breasts, brassieres are also thought to perform another task - preserve youthful shape of breasts. By the 1980s, a rounded breast and the padded bosom were back with a bang, and wired bras became a top sales item. The fitness craze continued, and the well-cut and contoured bra essentially grew from the sportswear worn in fitness and health clubs of the eighties. Foundation garment of brassiere is indispensable to provide external support to female breasts. It is of especially helpful in the older age of women, when brassiere is the cornerstone of the female figure looking sexually alluring. It is suggested by some doctors that breasts movement shouldn’t be prevented by wearing a brassiere, as it has a positive effect on the general health condition. The very idea of covering female breasts goes back centuries ago. It is curious that for example in Sparta the prototypes of modern brassieres were intended not to support female breasts, but for making them look smaller.