Mono wires are as elusive as bra tulle. Seriously, what the heck are they? First, is it one word or two? Are they different than regular underwires? Do they serve a different function or are they just for aesthetic? Do they create a monoboob?
Rewind a little – I first saw a mono wire bra last May when I co-hosted a Bra Making with Madalynne workshop with The New Craft House in London. When I was in town, there was a lingerie exhibit at The V&A, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. Truly amazing folks. I was on the second level and just about to leave when I spotted a black Agent Provateur bra that had a mono wire. It was <3 at first sight. I ordered mono wires shortly after my trip, but didn’t get around to making a mono wire bra until recently. Did you see Taryn? I’m still blushing over that sequin mesh. Swoon…
Here’s what I know – mono wires serve the same purpose as regular underwire – support (note that when I use the term regular underwire, I am including all the different varieties: classic, demi, strapless, etc). Mono wires anchor a bra to the chest wall and provide lift. As opposed to a regular underwire however, they do not separate the breasts. Beyond this, I don’t know much. I researched, but couldn’t find much information. The only info I did find was from this post on The Lingerie Addict. It was a guest post written by Lyzzy Beswick, a DeMonfort Contour and NTU Fashion Management Graduate. At the time of writing, she worked as a freelance technical lingerie designer for KissMeDeadly, Augustine London and several other independent brands. She referred to mono wires as domino wires (not sure if there is a reason for that name?) and that some mono wires have a flexible center.
So I’m turning to you to learn more. Does anyone have additional information about mono wires? Any good books I could/should read? When were they invented or first used? I’ve seen them mostly used in Agent Provacateur, are there any other brands that use them? Please share!
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