Speaking of increasing cup sizes in bras and sizing, Betty sent me a tip on a recent sizing study done by the Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology which was described in the Shanghai Daily (sub required -does anybody have access?) entitled Chinese women boast better curves:
THE chest circumference of Chinese women increased by nearly 1cm in the past 10 years, the Beijing College of Clothing Technology said in a recent report that studied changes in figure for Chinese women in the past decade, China News Service reported. The study also found that Chinese women are 0.5 centimeters taller than in the previous period.
One of our regular visitors is a Chinese translator and I’ve asked her to contact the given professors at the college in the hopes they’ll share results with us. I’ll update this post if that pans out.
In a related news story again from the Shanghai Daily entitled Bra producers bust out D cups as breasts grow (free):
Zhang Jing, a saleswoman with the Triumph brand at Landmark Plaza said she’s surprised to find many women under the age of 20 need bras with C, D or even E-cups. “It’s so different from the past when most young women would wear A- or B-cup bras,” she said. “You will never expect those thin women to have such nice figures if they are not plastic.”
“We make and sell products differently in various areas based on data collected in those places,” said Feng. “For a time we only made A and B-cup bras for many categories of products but now C-cups have become a major focus especially in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing.”
While there are no numbers to prove breast are growing quicker in large cities than underdeveloped areas, many salespeople say they have noticed that trend…The growth trend is credited to women eating more nutritiously and taking part in more sports.
And speaking of China and bras -again from the Shanghai Daily- A bra and slippers survive 1,000 years (free)
A MUSEUM in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region claims it has fragments of a brassiere and a pair of embroidered slippers that are nearly 1,000 years old.
Tian said the fragments show the brassiere was cotton padded, gold filigree and daintily embroidered. It was similar in style and function to those worn by modern women. “It was made of fine silks and had shoulder and back straps like brassieres of today,” he said. “It’s a pity most of the cotton padding in the cups has decayed.” …The pair of slippers, in sharp contrast, remained largely intact, he said. “They were embroidered with hundreds of flowers and even the soles were made of fine silks. It must have belonged to some noblewoman.”