Crosby, Caresse

SUBJECT AREA: Textiles
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b. 1892
d. 1970
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American promoter, and possibly inventory of the brassiere.
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Caresse Crosby, born Mary Phelps Jacob, was a New York socialite. She became a debutante and is reputed to have invented the brassiere. In fact, a soft-topped corset had been patented by a London foundation-garment maker, Kate Morgan, in 1903, and a separate brassiere had been advertised in the magazine Vogue in America in 1909. However, it was Mrs Crosby and her personal maid who popularized the idea in 1913. Together they assembled two handkerchiefs and a sufficient length of pink ribbon into a garment of sufficient structural strength and flexibility for the average woman. Mrs Crosby adopted the name Caresse to please her second husband, the millionaire poet Harry Crosby (1898–1929).
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Further Reading
1982, Inventions that Changed the World, Readers Digest.
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