Lovebird Knitted Strapless Bra By Timpa

Lovebird Knitted Strapless Bra By Timpa, c. 1970s, Holland. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 1970s

Origin: The Netherlands

Fabric: Nylon elastane blend

Brand: Timpa


A strapless, underwired bra created from a beige, knitted nylon-elastane blend mesh. The cups showcase a lovebird motif, repeated on the interior label as the brand’s logo. The cups are seamless and have been moulded into a rounded shape. The bra is marked a size European 70B, French 85B and British 32B, with the label stating that it was made in Holland. The bra is unworn, and still has its original sales tag attached. This tag lists the size as 32B and the price as 18, but it is unclear as to which currency this refers to.

The Timpa brand was founded in Amsterdam c. 1952, and continues to this day in the USA. It is renowned for specialising in smaller bust bras, with its patterns cut specifically for the specialist support needs of smaller cup sizes.


From The Underpinnings Museum collection.

Museum number: UM-2018-008


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