25 Weird And Wonderful Bras From Triumph Lingerie

Luxurious undergarments and Japan’s predilection for useless inventions, together at last. The Triumph Lingerie company is fond of unveiling novelty bras in Japan on a yearly basis, most of which never get past the prototype phase. Here are but a few.

1. The Super Cool Bra

Modeled after a miniature fishbowl, this bra has gel material designed to take excess heat out of the body. Created so women can feel refreshed during summer. 2012.

2. The Recycled Bra

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Each bra and briefs pair are made from three and a half plastic bottles, 100 percent polyethylene terephthalate broken down into chips, chemically reprocessed into thread and then woven into fabric and lace.

3. The Cinderella Bra

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Made almost entirely of glass, with soda glass for the cups and braided glass beads for the straps, side panel and the center piece. 2002.

4. The Hat Trick Bra

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Commemorated the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

5. The Pearl Bra

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Crafted with 3,000 pearls and antique Belgian lace.

6. The Anti-Smoking Manifesto Bra

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Holds a capsule containing a lavender fragrance, which calms feelings of irritation while attempting to give up smoking and supposedly alters the taste of cigarettes into something unpleasant. 2003.

7. The Dancing Girl Bra

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Depicts a maiko, a traditional Japanese dancing girl, and shorts with a pattern of a castle. 2004.

8. The Haru-Urara Bra

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Haru-urara is a popular racing horse in Japan that has never won a single race, loved for her determination. Features a dye-technology that uses real carrots. 2004.

9. The Hanshin Tigers Bra

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Dedicated to the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, it comes with shorts and a detachable tiger’s tail. 2003.

10. The Stop The Birthrate Decline Bra

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Illustrates children supporting elderly women, created to increase awareness of the issue of a serious decline in Japan’s population. 2006.

11. The Baseball Bra

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The gloves are functional and can detach from the bra.

12. The Oh-Edo Bra

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Features embroidery depicting 400-year-old Edo castle on its cups and 38 crystalline pieces embedded across the straps. 2003.

13. The No More Plastic Bags Bra

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Converts into a shopping bag, meant to raise awareness amongst customers to reduce the usage of plastics bags for the good of the environment. 2006.

14. The Post Privatization Total Surprise Bra!

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Japan’s Prime Minister was striving to privatize Japan’s Post Office, and Triumph wanted to express support for him. 2005.

15. The Photovoltaic-Powered Bra

Features a solar panel which can display messages, also equipped with pads designed to hold beverages to reduce usage of cans and plastic bottles. 2008.

16. The Voter Turnout Lift-Up Bra

Modeled after the actual ballot boxes used during elections in Japan. The characters on the brassiere reads “ballot box.” 2007.

17. The Eco-Globe Bra

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Has cups that join together to form a palm-sized green globe, made from environmentally-friendly materials such as corn, hemp and recycled paper. 2004.

18. The Rakuten Eagles Bra

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Decorated with the team’s mascots Clutch and Clucchina, clutching the ball-shaped cups trimmed with a “V” for victory sign. 2005.

19. The Millenium Bra

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Costing $1.9 million and completely hand-woven using only 24-karat gold thread with a 15-karat diamond resting in the front. 1999.

20. The Grow Your Own Rice Bra

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Transforms into a rice growing kit, allowing the wearer to cultivate rice anytime, anywhere. 2010.

21. The Support Japan Bra

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Words of encouragement from 54 individuals in 36 countries and regions are printed along with corresponding flags on the bra corset and skirt, to bring hope to the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. 2011.

22. The Konkatsu Bra

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Konkatsu literally means “marriage hunting.” Features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the wearer. When an engagement ring is inserted between the cups the melody of “The Wedding March” is played. 2009.

23. The Warm Biz Bra

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Made from boa fiber, has long straps which can wrap around the neck and provide warmth. 2005.

24. My Chopsticks Bra

Comes with a pair of collapsible chopsticks. 2007.

25. The Armageddon Bra

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Indicates danger from falling objects acknowledged by a sensor attached at a shoulder strap, inspired by Nostradamus’ doomsday prophecy.

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