Designed with a square, open neckline and demi cup silhouette, the balconette bra dares to bare a little cleavage. It’s really no surprise, then, that the balconette’s dramatic past is staged at the theater and inspired by lavish jewels and low-cut evening gowns.
Balconette means “little balcony” in French, and some think the moniker was applied because the bra, with wider-set straps and support from below, resembles a balcony.
A more romantic explanation is that theater balconies inspired the silhouette. In the late 1800s, the Parisian opera house Palais Garnier was designed with grand, multi-level staircases in the open five-story Grand Foyer. People watching was as important as opera watching, and the Foyer offered optimal viewing of aristocrats from above. There was plenty to see. It was such a grand affair that neighboring banks held opera-hours so patrons could retrieve jewels from their vaults. The tradition continues today with venerable French jeweler Lalique’s special collection to celebrate collaborations with Opéra national de Paris.
Beautiful jewels require a beautiful setting. Enter the balconette bra, named, perhaps, because it couldn’t be seen from balconies, allowing women to wear plunging necklines, perfect for showcasing diamonds and décolletage.
The balconette bra is still a favorite of romantics the world over, revered for its neckline and support from the bottom, creating beautiful shape and cleavage. We love it too.
To make the most of your own beautiful shape, our Unlined Enticing Lift bra comes in sultry balconette style with a lower sweetheart neckline, offering the lift of a push up bra without padding, and straps that can criss-cross for wardrobe versatility.
For larger cup sizes, the Stunning Support Balconette offers stunning, ultimate lift with enhanced décolletage.