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  (b. 20 April 1891 New Rochelle, New York, USA   d. 24 January 1970 Manhattan, New York, USA )  

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Mary Phelps JACOB was born 20 April 1891 in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Mary Phelps JACOB was the child of ?   and   ?

Mary Phelps JACOB died 24 January 1970 in Manhattan, New York, USA .

Occupation: Publisher, activist, writer, inventor of the modern bra



daughter of William Hearn Jacob and Mary (née Phelps) Jacob

a.k.a. Caresse Crosby

m.
Richard R. Peabody
​​(m. 1915; div. 1922)​
Harry Crosby
​​(m. 1922; died 1929)​
Selbert Young
​​(m. 1937; div. 1939)

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Born on April 20, 1891, in New Rochelle, New York, Mary Phelps Jacob was an American socialite, inventor, and publisher who played a significant role in the history of fashion.

Mary came from a wealthy and well-connected family, giving her a privileged upbringing. In 1910, at the age of 19, she married Richard Peabody, but the marriage was short-lived, and they divorced in 1912. Later that year, Mary found herself preparing for a debutante ball, and as was customary at the time, she needed something to wear under her gown.

Here comes the interesting twist in Mary's story. Dissatisfied with the traditional corsets of the era, she decided to create her own solution. With the help of her maid and a few handkerchiefs, ribbons, and cord, Mary fashioned a more comfortable and less restrictive undergarment. This makeshift contraption not only served its purpose but also caught the attention of those around her.

Recognizing the potential of her creation, Mary patented her design in...Read MORE...



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1913 - The bra is invented (Mary Phelps Jacob, United States)
'... Mary Phelps Jacob, a young New York socialite who became exasperated with the antiquated corsets after finding it impossible to prevent the support rods from poking out from underneath the fabric of her evening gown. Determined to create a more comfortable, less cumbersome alternative, Jacob took two silk handkerchiefs and, with help from her maid, sewed them together using some pink ribbon and cord.

The resulting undergarment was soft and light, and it conformed to the wearer’s anatomy far more naturally than the traditional corsets. Soon requests poured in from family, friends and even strangers, all of whom wanted to purchase the new accessory. Recognizing the immense potential of her invention, Jacob quickly patented the 'Backless Brassiere' and began selling the units under the name 'Caresse Crosby.'

Jacob's design was the first brassiere to enjoy widespread use, but its popularity did not peak until World War I, when the U.S. government requested that women stop...Read MORE...


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