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9 Fashion Items That Changed The World

#9. The Zip

The Zip - 9 Fashion Items That Changed The World

IT was a long way up for the humble zipper. The mechanical wonder passed through the hands of several inventors but it was nearly 80 years after its first appearance that it found its place in history. Elia Howe, who invented the sewing machine, received a patent in 1851 for an Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure. Whitcomb Judson marketed a Clasp Locker, a device similar to the 1851 Howe patent based on interlocking teeth. Initially it was called the “hookless fastener” and was later redesigned to become more reliable. It wasn’t until 1913 that the modern zipper took flight. Swedish-American engineer Gideon Sundback was responsible for developing the modern metal zipper. The name “zipper” came from the B.F. Goodrich Company in 1923 when it decided to use Sundback’s fastener on rubber boots and renamed the device the zipper, a name that lasted.  Source

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