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9 Fashion Items That Changed The World

#6. Sunglasses

Sunglasses - 9 Fashion Items That Changed The World

The origin of sunglasses can be traced back centuries to the Inuit who used flattened walrus ivory with tiny slits. Its involvement in popular culture didn’t really take off until the 1920s when Hollywood movie stars began wearing them in order to hide their faces a little whilst out in public. By 1938, LIFE magazine said that sunglasses were just a fad in America but they were fast becoming an established part of pop-culture and the outbreak of WWII actually aided their iconic status. With America joining the war, Ray Bans created a type of reflective sunglasses for fighter pilots. That cut down on glare from the sun at the high altitudes they were flying at. They style was dubbed ‘aviators’ and the most enduringly popular and legendary style of sunglasses was cemented in cultural history. Source

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