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19. BRA The first modern brassiere was patented by the German Christine Hardt in 1889. Sigmund Lindauer from Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, Germany developed a brassiere for mass production in 1912 and patented it in 1913. It was mass-produced by Mechanischen Trikotweberei Ludwig Maier und Cie. in BÃ¶blingen, Germany. With metal shortages, World War I encouraged the end of the corset. By the time the war ended, most fashion-conscious women in Europe and North America were wearing brassieres. From there the brassiere was adopted by women in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Tyra Banks models Victorias Secret's 2004 Heavenly 70 Fantasy Bra by Mouawad, featuring a 70-carat flawless pear-shape diamond in the center, in this undated publicity photo. Inspired by Victorias Secrets Angels Collection, the Fantasy Bra has been created with a delicate angel-wing motif. Adorned with 2,900 pave-set diamonds and weighting a total of 112 carats, this years bra is set in 18-karat white gold. The one-of-a-kind bra is worth $10 million. Over 275 hours of labor went into the construction of this original lingerie design, making it one of the most labor-intensive creations Victorias Secret has ever introduced. The bra will be featured in the company's annual "Christmas Dreams and Fantasies" catalog, arriving in mailboxes starting mid-October. (AP Photo/Victoria's Secret)
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