After watching National Geographic’s, “Manmade: Secret History of the Bra,” it’s safe to say, I’m well on my way to becoming a bra expert. Considering that estimates are as many as 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong bra, I may have found a new calling.
For those of you who don’t know, a bra is one of the most sophisticated garments ever created. It is made up of approximately 40 components including clasps, rings, slides, and plastic tips, all scientifically manufactured using a global supply chain that incorporates designers, biomechanics specialists, steel workers, quality control engineers, special shipping containers, testing facilities, chemical laboratories, and showrooms, all combined so you can have just the right fit for any occasion. With a life expectancy of around 90 days, it’s no wonder women spend almost $20 Billion each year on bras.
Not only did National Geographic capture the complexities of the bra and its history, they also educated viewers about the individual processes that result in the end product. This wasn’t just a documentary for women. It was informative, useful, and instructional, exploring many of the technical aspects of fashion design, engineering, and global manufacturing.
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National Geographic’s “Manmade: Secret History of the Bra” is an Informative Documentary
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