"Her chest was a slight bulge flattened by a bust bodice"
Illustration of girls training as corsetières (1930)
Public DomainIllustration of girls training as corsetières (1930) - Credit: Union Des Industries Du Corset

The bust bodice (sometimes shortened to B.B.) was a garment with straps, often lightly boned, which was designed to support the breasts. It was worn from the 1890s onwards and became particularly popular in Edwardian times.

The first brassieres were manufactured in America in 1914, but versions of the bust-bodice were still being worn in the 1920s.

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