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If you don’t know what a bullet bra is then you could be forgiven for thinking it’s something dangerous. And in a way it is, because its extremely conical points are sharp enough to poke your eye out.

You don’t see many of these vintage bras these days but they were very popular during the 1940s and 1950s. They were made famous by the sweater girls (various Hollywood actresses who adopted the fashion of wearing tight sweaters over a bullet-shaped or cone bra), and Madonna even wore one designed by Jean Paul Gaultier during her Blond Ambition Tour back in 1990. A vintage fashion lingerie company called What Katie Did was the first company to bring bullet bras back into modern production in 1999, and since then other companies have also started to make their own version of the iconic underwear. Scroll down for a collection of vintage photos featuring women modeling bullet bras in true 1950s fashion. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

(h/t: vintage everyday)

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A Sweater Girl

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Vintage Underwear

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Master Markus
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the one picture so far that looks alright to me. Probably because it's not under a sweater, making it look like the woman has oddly deformed breasts.

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Vintage Fashion

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Allison Cockburn
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really thinking I need to invest in one of these bad boys. Bring this fashion trend back!

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The One And Only Marilyn Monroe

The One And Only Marilyn Monroe

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coffee zombie
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe it's because Marilyn Monroe is wearing them but this picture doesn't look ridiculous

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

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Allana Rose
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Liz could be wearing a burlap sack and still look fabulous in it!

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Old Hollywood Fashion

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Vintage Outfit

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Vintage Blonde Bombshell

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Marilyn Monroe

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Bullet Bra Fashion

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Vintage Fashion

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Jilltdcatlady
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TV Announcer: before the Wonder Bra, before the Push Up Bra,before Plastic Surgery there was (dramatic music)...THE BULLET BRA! (Audience applause)

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Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

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Debra Starr Moon
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jane Mansfield. Mariska Hargitay's (from law and order) mother. You can see the resemblance.

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Marilyn Monroe

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Jilltdcatlady
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are her pointy boobs closer to her waist than modern day boobs? Or is it an illusion created by the clothes and point of view?

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Vintage Undergarments

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Bullet Bra Fashion

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Carole Lesley

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Jayne Mansfield And Diana Dors

Jayne Mansfield And Diana Dors

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Vintage Fashion

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Vintage Fashion

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Vintage Sporty Look

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Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour

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Connie Martin
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, on Dorothy Lamour it almost looks natural. For one thing they're not hiked up to her armpits.

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Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

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Morgan Painter
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lovely, and NOT pointed, at least not by 1960's norms. This the lift and separate look you heard advertised on radio and TV. This might be the playtex 18 hour which some today might consider a bullet style, but thank goodness no spear points.

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Bullet Bra Fashion

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Vintage Fashion

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Vintage Undergarments

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Bullet Bra

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Mat Gdowski
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She might fit behind the tree to hide, but her bullet boobs won't! LOL! 🤣🤣

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Hollywood Starlet

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Vintage Look

Vintage Look

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Joan Collins And Jayne Mansfield

Joan Collins And Jayne Mansfield

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Vintage Photoshoot

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Vintage Summer Look

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Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Morgan Painter
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Marilyn was making a face here I had never seen before. I didn't know it was her until in another place it was verified as her.

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Bettie Page

Bettie Page

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Vintage Fashion

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Patti Page

Patti Page

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Enzo MiMo
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Patti's cheekbones are more impressive than her boob-ular appendages.

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Karen Steele

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0824606/mediaviewer/rm168536832 Karen Steele played Eve McHuron on Star Trek.

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Bullet Bra Fashion

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Mat Gdowski
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The hair dryer looks like the bra. Maybe that is where he inspiration came from? 😳

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Vintage Underwear

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Gloria Talbott

Gloria Talbott

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David Hogan
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A good actress, famed as the unhappy bride in I Married a Monster from Outer Space (silly title for a thoughtful, scary thriller).

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Evelyn West

Evelyn West

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Sweater Girl

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Connie Martin
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's about the sheer damn sweaters, gals. It looks like your nipples are going to poke through, and that makes viewers uncomfortable.

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Vintage Magazine Cover Photo

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Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie

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Debra Starr Moon
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Piper Laurie, the mother from the original "Carrie" with Sissy Spacek.

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Patti Page

Patti Page

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Vintage Fashion

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Bullet Bra Fashion

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Jacques Godin
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And I thought I was the only one to show up at work in my underwear, I had forgotten to wear my pants! LOL

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Betty Grable

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Bullet Bra Fashion

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