SHAPING LADIES, 52min., France
Directed by Sandra Rude
This is a little piece of lingerie that seems to have always existed in the female wardrobe. However, the bra was only invented at the end of the 19th century to free women from the corset, which had been restricting them since the Renaissance. First decried, the bra imposed itself since WWI. It shaped the women’s silhouette throughout the 20th century and never stopped changing their appearance, depending on technical innovations and fashion. Initially as a simple corset cut in two, it becomes flattened during the Roaring Twenties to erase breasts, then takes the shape of a shell after the WWII to mimic the pin-ups look.