Friday, November 07, 2008

The Jury Bra - Made in Japan

Hiromi Nishiuchi, campaign girl for lingerie maker Triumph International Japan, displays the "Jury System Bra", designed as a scale and inspired by the image of Lady Justice at their headquarter on November 6, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Japanese lingerie line Triumph International has gained attention in the past for annually releasing one bizarre bra that touches on a current social issue. This year, behold the Jury Bra of the 2009 Spring/Summer collection, designed to reflect the citizen judge system that will be implemented in Japan during May of next year.

According to the Japan Times, the new system will allow ordinary citizens to participate in criminal proceedings, acting as judges and helping to decide the outcome of trials. This marks a dramatic change for a country that has not historically given citizens the ability to give their opinions in trials.

You have to admire the cultural relevance, but I can't help but wonder which garments would not show those ubiquitous bra straps.

Here are a few other unmentionables that Triumph has given us in the last few years, from InventorSpot: