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The bra is a masterpiece of packaging design: not the most efficient way of
accommodating female breasts, but the most attractive. A form of bra was known to the Egyptians and has reappeared throughout history, but it was only in the 19th century that bras began to replace suffocating corsets as chief influence on the shape of women. But old bras rather disguised the female shape in a sort of mono-bosom. In 1910, socialite Caresse Crosby improvised her own bra, separating and emphasizing the breasts; the profile of the modern woman was established.