By  on June 3, 2005

NEW YORK — Michael and Nicholas Kaplan like to talk about their great-grandmother, Lena Bryant, who, like Demi Moore, felt women should celebrate impending motherhood, not conceal it. A pregnant Moore appeared naked on the cover of Vanity Fair, while Bryant shook up turn-of-the-century society by inventing an evening dress for pregnant women.

“At that time, pregnant women were not supposed to be seen in public. But my great-grandmother catered to society women, with ‘the number 5 tea gown,'” created in 1901, said Michael Kaplan. “She was known for lace trims and fine attention to detail, and wanted maternitywear to be appropriate for an evening out.”

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