In 1913, a New York socialite named Mary Phelps Jacob wanted to wear an evening dress, but didn't like how it looked with a stiff corset. So she took two handkerchiefs and some ribbon and created the world's first-known bra. Just a year later, the US Patent Office granted her the first patent for a bra, which was called the "Backless Brassiere."
1914: First Bra Patent
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