Manufacturer Shirley of Hollywood American

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A number of technical innovations in materials took place in the 1930s and 1940s, including man-made fibers and durable elastics. These new possibilities coincided with the fashion world's impulse to shape the bust. The rapid shift from the bust suppression of the 1920s to the unencumbered and pendant bosom of the 1930s was followed by a dramatic introduction of brassieres with structured support in the following two decades. Recent revivals of the bust-enhancing brassiere have included polyester fiberfill, silicon, and air-padded constructions.

Brassiere, Shirley of Hollywood (American, founded 1948), synthetic fiber, plastic (silicone), American

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