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Publication numberUS2853077 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 23, 1958
Filing dateSep 13, 1957
Priority dateSep 13, 1957
Publication numberUS 2853077 A, US 2853077A, US-A-2853077, US2853077 A, US2853077A
InventorsLillian Hunau
Original AssigneeExquisite Form Brassiere Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Foundation garment
US 2853077 A
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L. HUNAU FOUNDATION GARMENT Filed Sept. 13, 1957 INVENTOR.

BY Li Hion Hunou United States Patent FOUNDATION GARMENT Lillian Hunan, Great Neck, N. Y., assgnor to Exquisite Form Brassiere Inc., New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application September 13, 1957, Serial No. 683,839

4 Claims. (Cl. 12S-493) This invention relates to clothing, and particularly to ladies foundation garments of the type known as brassieres.

Known constructions of mass produced brassieres are supplied to wearers thereof in a number of fixed sizes. Different sizes, of course, allow for dimensional variation'from wearer to wearer. In addition, there are to be found on the market, many diiferent styles of brassieres to achieve different bust molding effects, or for use with diiferent types of outer garb, for example, dresses with varying depths of neckline. But with brassieres of conventional construction, the wearer has no opportunity in the same brassiere to cause variations in the molded appearance of the bust, although such variations may be desirable with different `dress styles, and at different seasons, nor will the same conventional brassiere often be suitable for use with dilferent depths of neckline.

Accordingly, it is the primary object in the present invention to provide a brassiere which permits variation in the molded appearance of the bust, and also permits adaptation of the same brassiere for use with shallower or deeper necklines. The way in which this primary object is accomplished is to permit, by a single, very simple manipulation, an alteration in the effective surface area of fabric in both the bust cups, whereby a redistribution of the Stress bearing function of different areas of the bust cups occurs. Thus, it is possible by the indicated manipulation to obtain a more accentuated contour where this is indicated as desirable for a certain dress, or to permit a more relaxed contour, as may be desired for another garment. lt is not necessary in the carrying out of this object that any portion be removed 4from the brassiere, nor need anything be added thereto, nor is it necessary to employ any agency outside my novel brassiere itself to reach the objective prescribed.

Another object inthe present invention is to utilize, in achieving the indicated primary objective, material and fabrics commonly employed in'brassiere construction so that impracticality in manufacture by reason of excessive Vvcosts of materials is avoided. Furthermore, conventional equipment employed in brassiere manufacture may be utilized in the production of my novel brassiere, so that no modification in equipment is necessary, and added expense on this account will be likewise avoided.

A final object is to provide a brassiere of novel construction for novel application, which is nonetheless as satisfactory as conventional brassieres from the point of view of the wearer so far as maintenance is concerned, in that no diiculty in laundering arises.

How these and many other objects` are to be achieved will become clear through a consideration of the accompanying drawings wherein:

Fig. 1 is a front elevational view of an embodiment of my novel brassiere with the loop of the strap extended;

Fig. 2 is an elevational view similar to Fig. l with the loop of the strap contracted by reason of having been .drawn through the buckle;

Patented Sept. 23, 1958 Fig. 3 is a schematic enlarged representation indicating the interaction `between the strap and the buckle; and

Fig. 4 is a section at 4 4 of Fig. 1.

In the drawings is shown a brassiere having a bust Icovering section, generally designated 10, and body encircling members 11 and 12 extending from either side of the bust covering section 10. Shoulder straps 13 and 14 are attached to the bust covering section.

Within the bust covering section 10, is a base member 11 which may be of horizontally stretchable fabric as shown in the drawings, such base member 10 defining the bottom of the brassiere in the bust covering section thereof. The upper edge of the base member 1S presents two arcuate edges 16 and 17 into which lower parts 2G and 21 of a pair of bust cups are set as shown in Figs. l and 2. An upper portion 22 of bust covering section 10, extends across such bust covering section, providing upper parts in ea-ch of the bust cups. Such upper portion 22 is joined to the lower part 20 in the left cup seen in the drawings along a substantially medial line 23, and to lower part 2l of the right bust cup along medial line 24, such medial lines 23 and 24 presenting a substantially single medial line extending across the entire bust covering section.

A strap 27 is secured to the interior surface of base member 15, between the bust cups, such strap 27 being secured to the base member 1S at only one of its ends, the other end being free, and passing through buckle 23 which is mounted on the exterior surface of base member 15'. As may be seen in Fig. 4, stitches 29 passing through the base member l5 serve to hold both the mounted end of strap 27 and buckle 28 upon the base member l5. The buckle comprises a frame 30 which is the part of the buckle held to base member 15 by stitches 29, and such frame member has an upstanding serrated edge 31. Lugs 32 extend from the frame 3b on either side, and engage lever portion 33 of the buckle for pivotal movement of the lever portion. When the lever portion 33 is in its down position as exemplified in Fig. 4, the portion of the strap Z7 passing therethrough is securely held and locked against the serrated edge Si by the lever portion 33. When, however, lever portion 33 is pivoted outwardly as indicated by the arrows in Fig. 4, the strap is released and may be pulled in either direction as indicated by arrows in Figs. 3 and 4 through the buckle to a desired position, whereupon the strap may be locked at such position by returning the lever portion 33 to the down position.

Strap 27 provides a loop, as best seen in Fig. 4, between its mounted endand its end which passes through the buckle 28, and such loop passes around the center of upper portion 22 of the bust covering section. Fig. 1 illustrates the condition of the brassiere when the loop provided by strap 27 is extended so that upper portion 22 is unaffected. The condition of the brassiere seen in Fig. 2 may be attained by pivoting lever portion 33 of the buckle 28 outwardly to release the strap 27 and permit slidable movement of the strap through the buckle. The strap is then pulled downwardly whereby the loop of the strap is contracted which means that the portion of the upper portion of the bust covering section within such loop is gathered. The direction of movement of the strap necessary to achieve this end is indicated by the arrow in Fig. 2. After the upper portion is gathered to the extent desired, lever portion 33 of the buckle is pivoted downwardly to lock. and hold the strap in such position. By the manipulation of the strap as indicated, the molding characteristics of the respective bust cups will be markedly changed, and the net effect will be an accentuation ofthe bust in the wearer.

While I have described a specitic embodiment of my invention, it is apparent that changes and modifications may' .be made therein` without departing from the spirit of my invention.

1. Av brassiere comprising" a bust covering'section-y and body encircling members extending` fromA said bust covering section, a strap fixeldly mountedv atV one' e'rfdE thereof on a lfirst face of said bustncovering section,A the` other end of said strap being free, a buckle mountedY on the second face ofrsaid bust covering section. theY free end of said strap being releasably and s lidably engageablc byV said buckle, said bust covering section having an upper portion, said strapnorniingfa loop within which said upper by said buckle, said bust covering section having anupper portion, said strap forming a loop within which said upper portion is included, whereby upon reduction in size of said loop by drawing said strap through said buckle, said upper portion of said bust covering section willbe gathered within said loop.

3.` A brassiere comprising a bust covering section and body encircling members extending from said bust covering section, an elongated element xedly mounted at one end thereof on a first face of said bust covering section, the other end of said element being free, a fastening element mounted on the second face of said bust covering section, the free end of said elongated element being engageable by said fastening element for securent therewith, said bust covering section having an upper portion, said elongated element forming a loop Within which said upper portion is included, whereby upon reduction in size of said loop by engaging said elongated element with said fastening element, said upper portion of said bust cove/ring" section will be gathered within said loop.

4. A brassie're comprising a bust covering section and body encircling members extending from said bust covering section', said bustcover-ing section including a pair of spaced breast receiving pockets, an elongated element xedly mounted vat one end thereof on a face ofsaid bust covering section between said pockets, the other end of said clement being free, a fastening element mounted on a face of said bust covering section between said pockets and spaced a substantial distance from the fixed end of said elongated element, the free portion of said elongated element being engageable by said fastening element for securemrit therewith, said bust covering section having an upper portion, said elongated element forming a loop Within which said upper portion is ineluded, whereby upon reduction in size of said loop by engaging said elongated element with said fastening element, said upper portion of said bust covering section will be gathered within said loop.

References Cited in the le of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Germany May 25, 1928

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US3002516 *Mar 13, 1959Oct 3, 1961Int Latex CorpBrassiere
US3064654 *Sep 18, 1959Nov 20, 1962Int Latex CorpBrassieres
US5050595 *Aug 1, 1989Sep 24, 1991Pam KrafftTherapeutic garment
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US5776177 *Mar 8, 1995Jul 7, 1998Macwhinnie; VirginiaC-shaped heat pack for thermal treatment of breast
US6261313Jul 1, 1998Jul 17, 2001Macwhinnie JohnC-shaped heat pack for thermal treatment of breast
Classifications
U.S. Classification450/69, 450/70, D02/708
International ClassificationA41C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41C3/00
European ClassificationA41C3/00