Link of the Week – Ancient Undies

For those of you who read or write historical romance and fiction, or if you just find old stuff interesting, you might find this week’s link ‘revealing’.

Read about the 500 year old bra and panties recently discovered in an Austrian castle vault.

What do you think? Do you believe these are groundbreaking discovery? Or is this just sensationalism over ordinary clothing belonging to both men and women?

If these are legitimate women undergarments, the possibilities for authors writing in historical time periods just got more exciting. Either way, it’s fun to imagine.

6 Responses to Link of the Week – Ancient Undies

  1. girldrinkdrunk says:

    One of my favorite scenes in Cold Comfort Farm–her friend’s obsession with her perfectly preserved lingere collection!


  2. jbrayweber says:

    I haven’t seen this, Kristen, but it sounds funny. 🙂


  3. jeff7salter says:

    I saw a reference to this discovery a week back. Now, I’m certainly no expert in women’s under-fashions, but it seems to me that if this were a legitimate historical discovery … the design would not look so much like an ordinary Playtex bra of the 1960s.
    I mean, clothing has gone through so many style changes in the 500 years since that bra was supposedly buried (or whatever). Can we really assume those skivvie engineers has the very same notions of style and, uh, support that would evolve in the 20th century?
    So my verdict is HOAX … albeit very clever and detailed.


  4. jbrayweber says:

    It’s not that its a hoax, Jeff. It’s the information is misrepresented. The bra is likely the upper part of a kirtle or smock. You can see that the material is frayed and there are eyelet holes. The panties could very well belong to a man. Go ahead, take a closer look. I’ll wait. 🙂 What I’m suggesting (and others) is that these items were probably just every day undergarments. But…the imagination can totally spin this and the discovery of them. And that can make for a great tale!


  5. jeff7salter says:

    good points. no pun intended.


  6. jbrayweber says:

    Suuuure. 😉 LOL!


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