the 10 best bra movie moments
posted: January 30, 2014
According to ye ole internet, the first sports bra was invented in 1977, when an American student at the University of Vermont sewed two jockstraps together in order to keep her girls from bouncing while out for an innocent jog. (The original “Jogbra,” as it was aptly named, is now bronzed and hangs in the Smithsonian Institute.)
Years later, when soccer player Brandi Chastain tore off her top after scoring the winning goal to take the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the sports bra became an official topic of conversation. But while the sports bra plays an increasingly important—not to mention stylish—role in our lives, it’s on the big screen where the brassiere has been best revered. (And one of the places we look for inspiration in making our own bras that much prettier.) Let’s take a look.
While Jane Fonda said that she’d rather forget her portrayal of “intergalactic sex kitten” in this 1966 sci-fi/fantasy flick, the general public—at least the male half of the general public—has little intention of doing so. Women worldwide can be glad that Fonda’s bra-rific costumes, replete with binding plastic and chain-link versions, don’t appear destined to actually show up in the foreseeable future.
Ironically, the bra’s biggest moment in this 1980s teen comedy directed by John Hughes (who else?) wasn’t when seen on supermodel Kelly LeBrock, the movie’s female lead. No, the bra’s trumping moment came when worn as headgear by characters Wyatt and Gary, who were attempting to ‘build a woman’ using their computers and, presumably, channeling feminine wiles.
8. Muriel’s Wedding
To recount the memorable scenes in this Australian cult classic would mean simply hitting play on the entire film, start to finish. Yes, it’s that good (we laughed, we cried…). That said, Muriel’s first sexual encounter certainly marks a pivotal point in the movie, and nobody who has seen it will forget how that all went down.
7. Dirty Dancing
“This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine.” Or something like that, except that Baby and Johnny most certainly did cross into each other’s, er, dance spaces. Baby’s modest white bra is practically its own character in this scene, if you can see past Patrick Swayze’s svelte, topless form.
6. The Little Mermaid
When a mermaid wears shells over her ladies is it considered a bra, a bikini or a shirt? Does she ever have to change it? And how does it stay put, anyway? Mermaids, they’ll forever confound us.
5. The Graduate
Coo coo ca choo Mrs. Robinson, and thank you for making women over 40 everywhere realize how sexy wisdom, experience and good lingerie can be. Lace or leopard print, Anne Bancroft looked incredible in every bra that crossed her path in this classic movie. (Though, we could definitely do without the smoking.)
4. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Brevity and colour played a huge role in the costuming in this 1990s chick flick, where sartorial homage is paid to everything from Madonna to Star Trek. That said, when Michele hooks up with Sandy Frink she need rock only a simple black bra to seal the deal.
3. Some Like It Hot
Marilyn’s character Sugar Kane often went sans brassiere in this 1950s comedy, showing women (and men) everywhere that the allure of a bra can simply be going without one.
Okay, so it’s not a bra’s sexiest movie moment, but the scene where Cher teaches Tai the importance of sweating on the regular is one of the first times we recall a sports bra showing up on the big screen. Plus we, like, totally support the sweating every day thing!
1. Star Wars
Barbarella had nothing on Princess Leia when it comes to futuristic bras. Leia’s was sexier and arguably more comfortable. And since she proceeded to strike back at the Empire while wearing it, it’s practically made for sport. We do deeply regret, however, that it was Jabba the Hutt who chose it for her. Ew.
What’s your favourite bra moment on the big screen or on TV?
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