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9 Fashion Items That Changed The World

#3. Denim Jeans

Denim Jeans - 9 Fashion Items That Changed The World

The material denim was invented in the French town of Nimes around 1500 and was dubbed ‘de Nimes’ or ‘of Nimes’ before eventually being known as denim. Italian sailors from Genoa used to wear the material in trouser form and so the phrase “bleu de Genes” meaning the “blue of Genoa” was again coined by the French and that is where the name ‘jeans’ comes from. Despite this early history, the jean as we know it didn’t come into existence until 1871 when Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss created workmen’s trousers using the denim material after attempts with hemp. The trousers were soon adopted by Californian miners and then became seen as a symbol of rebellion against constricting and formal work clothes becoming a cool and casual item throughout the 1950s as they were worn by movie stars. Source

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