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Bra: A Thousand Years of Style, Support and Seduction [Hardcover]

Stephanie Pedersen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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29 Oct 2004
from the suffragettes to the Supremes, from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna, the bra has had more impact than any other item of clothing on shaping generations of women. The evolution of the bra, from the constricting corset to the liberating Wonderbra, is laid bare in nine uplifting chapters, spilling over with juicy facts, fashion highlights and archive photos of the Hollywood divas that brought the bra to the big screen and into the hearts of men worldwide This sexy, sophisticated and, above all, fun book celebrates the bra and everything it stands for - giving girls the information, inspiration and support they need to make the most of their assets!

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071532067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715320679
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 17 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guaranteed to make you see your bra in a whole new light -- You Magazine/Mail on Sunday, November 1, 2004

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Stephanie Pedersen is an author and journalist who specialises in beauty and health issues. Her articles have appeared in Sassy, Teen, Girl, Woman's World, Cosmopolitan, American Woman and Weight Watchers. She is the author of nearly 20 books and teaches creative writing

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5.0 out of 5 stars So, so gorgeous! 11 Aug 2005
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Whether you are a fashion-lover, a lingerie afficianado, a professional costumer, a history buff or someone interested in women's social roles, Bra: A Thousand Years of Style, Support and Seduction, is for you. It is exhaustively researched, contains gorgeous historical and contemporary artwork, and is written with a keen wit. It also includes a section on things you must know about the bra, such as fitting tips, building a bra wardrobe and what kind of bra style goes with what kind of outfit. Much recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not informative 15 Aug 2010
The book is written in a fashion which reminds me of reading a thick card baby book. It has pictures with a narative stuck on but it is not informative. It gives a brief outline of the era under discussion but nothing more. I came away feeling the I had not read any thing. There is nothing memorable about this book. It could have been very amusing and enlightening given the subject matter but instead it is just a quick skim over the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to understand your bra 23 Aug 2009
This is a great little book with lots of information about the history of the bra. Anyone who's interested in the little peace of fabrik they call 'a bra' will love this book. It's funny and very informative. I would even say that this book is a must for everyone who wears a bra!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pedersen is excellent researcher 4 Dec 2005
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Although the cover insinuates tittilation, the information packed into this book is historically accurate and detailed, with photographs backing up information. The book is logically laid out and would be a perfect part of any woman's studies course or project for such a class. The presentation is such that this would also make a conversational coffee table book - espcially when combined with other Pedersen books like "Shoes". Highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History made fashionable 5 April 2005
By Girl on the go! - Published on
Though this is a history of breast treatments (it includes binding and corsets which pre-date the bra), Bra: A Thousand Years of Style, Support & Seduction is also a social commentary, explaining what it must've been like to live in the various eras before our own. The art is amazing--and fun.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Fun But Shallow 8 Dec 2007
By fatal_degree - Published on
The layout is well done. The image choices and arrangement demonstrate the ever changing womans form. There's not much hope of a book this small being deeply informative on such a broad span of history. But it is always disappointing when another book perpetuates the myth that steel corsets were common practice, and ribs being removed was equally plausible. The text history is anecdotal and amusing, much in the same way that a magazine would cover an entire century of fashion on one page, and make it interesting. This is a cute little coffee table book for parties. Would be fun at a sex toy party, or lingerie party, where the theme would get people in the mood to buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent light history of the bra and its ancestors 16 Feb 2012
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
It is really kind of amazing to see how outdated this 2005 book is because the fashion indusry keeps pumping out new designs and variations on old themes.

This is strictly a fun book. It begins with a brief history of the bra and what went before, right back to the days of Rome and Greece. There is an introduction that discusses the role of the female breast in contemporary Western culture,discusses whether bras or intended to be function or frivolous (answer: both) and goes into a little detail about choosing and fitting bras.

The fun part is the history. There's a brief summary of what women did from roughly 3500 BC through 1200 AD, followed by the development of the corset into the 19th Century. Author Pedersen has done her research and the book is profusely illustrated. The design has faults, such as pull-quotes in a weird gray script on a black background that are unreadable. She then moves next the development of the modern bra beginning in 1904 and mixes her history of the garment with the larger social history of the time. It is an interesting approach and she pulls it off well.

The influence of Pop Culture on bra design is fascinating with Pedersen recounting he impact of Jane Russell, the Sex Pistols, Madonna and son.

All in all, a fun book.

4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting little book 29 Jun 2011
By Deborah Verlen - Published on
A book this small obviously isn't going to be a deep historic view of the bra, but as a fun read, coffee table book, or gift book--it is excellent. There are some gorgeous pictures of the million dollar bras as well as historical pictures with commentary. This will give you a nice historical perspective on the evolution of the bra over the years as well as some insight into why we women put lace and beauty over comfort!
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