Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Zip-i-dee doo-dah, part one.



The first of a two-part tribute to the zip -- biker black versus starry starry blue.

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[from Wikipedia]

The true zipper was the product of a series of incremental improvements over more than twenty years [...] It culminated in 1914 with Gideon Sundback's invention of the "Hookless Fastener No. 2", the first version of the zipper without any major design flaws and essentially indistinguishable from modern zippers.

[...] The zipper slowly became popular for children's ... clothing and men's trousers in the 1920s and 1930s. In the early 1930s the haute couture designer Elsa Schiaparelli featured zippers in her avant-garde gowns, helping it to become acceptable in women's clothing.

[...] Clergy in the 1920s and 1930s described zippers as allowing one to take one's clothes off too quickly, thus hastening illicit sexual activity. Clothing with zippers was seen as inappropriate to be worn by women because of this belief, and was not fully adopted until the late 1950s.

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This might become a series featuring particular sartorial technologies. Nerdcore? Why yes, please, I'll have some more.

1 comment:

Miss Karen said...

That was an interesting post on the zipper - I had no idea the clergy got in such a tizz over it (although that doesn't really surprise me hehe) I love this polyvore set too!