Believe it or not, lingerie has been around for a long long time. The idea for scant, womanly pieces originated in Egypt roughly 5,000 years ago. High status women wore the luxurious kind, whereas females in lower classes were either featured in the nude or showcasing loin cloths that covered the private areas. Greek sculptures seemed to follow the lingerie trend. An artifact found in Crete, from 2,000 B.C. depicts a corset-like piece.