Burned in the Sixties, perennially derided in schoolyards as the "over-the-shoulder boulder-holder" no question about it, the bra has had a tough go. Which makes graphic designer Cheree Berry's Hoorah for the Bra: A Perky Peek at the History of the Brassiere
such a welcome fixture on the RFT
's coffee table. This little tome is amusing, informative and celebratory. We learn about the first bra (the year was 1914, the material was two handkerchiefs and a pick ribbon), the evolution of cup sizes and matching bra-and-panty sets, and the wonder of today's Wonderbra. Appropriate to its subject matter, Hoorah
is a pop-up book that latches shut with the brassiere's iconic hook-and-eye system. There's even a three-step guide in the back that describes how to achieve the rarely accomplished one-handed unclasp. Try that
at your next cocktail party!