April 29, 2020 – National Zipper Day | National Denim Day

Transcript for April 29th

Welcome to April 29th, 2020 as we bridge the social distance on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate the work horses of fashion. More after the break from Anna Devere.

Take a look at your pants. I want to talk about something that we see every day but probably don’t notice. No, I’m not trying to be weird—I’m pointing out the zipper! This essential but overlooked part of our lives was invented in 1851 by Elias Howe, the same man who brought us the sewing machine. The zipper, however, didn’t catch on until 1917 when Gideon Sundback of New Jersey reworked the design. This handy notion first appeared in purses and boots but quickly took off throughout the fashion industry.  On National Zipper Day enjoy the easy on and off of your favorite clothes with an impromptu fashion show and celebrate the small wonders that are still useful today. 

And speaking of your favorite clothes, can you imagine a world without blue jeans? Denim has been around for centuries, but the item we know as jeans was first produced during the boom of the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss wanted to create sturdy trousers for men that could hold up to harsh working conditions.  For years, denim was worn almost exclusively by factory workers and laborers…until James Dean made them cool in Rebel Without a Cause. On National Denim Day celebrate the hard work pants that let you look cool even on your day off.

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