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Q: women's clothing pre-WW2 ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: women's clothing pre-WW2
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: georgiagraphic-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 21 Apr 2005 07:19 PDT
Expires: 21 May 2005 07:19 PDT
Question ID: 512197
"When were zippers first used in women's clothing?"
Subject: Re: women's clothing pre-WW2
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 21 Apr 2005 08:28 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi georgiagraphic, and thanks for the interesting question.

The zipper began it's journey in the mid-19th century, when a patent
for an "automatic continuous clothing closure" was made by Elias Howe,
inventor of the sewing machine. However, it would be many years before
the zipper had any practical use whatsoever. In the 1890s, the zipper
was tried on children's shoes, and (in some rare cases) on women's
blouses. But it failed miserably, popping open and exposing the wearer
to embarrassment. By the 1910s, an improved zipper was used on some
sportsclothes--but again, it's use was not widespread because the
invention just wasn't up to snuff yet.

It was in 1923 that the name "zipper" was applied to the invention,
and soon thereafter, some designers began using it on women's
clothing. (Schiaparelli, for example, used it at times.) By the late
1930s, the zipper was commonly seen in women's clothing. At that time,
it was always worn on the side (on and above the hip). It wasn't until
about 1949 that the zipper running down the back began to appear.

For more information about the zipper, see "The Evolution of Useful
 and "Vintage Fashions for Women: the 1920s--1940s:"

Kind regards,

Researcher's personal knowledge
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georgiagraphic-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Thanks.. I really appreciate your help and the bibligraphy!

Subject: Re: women's clothing pre-WW2
From: kriswrite-ga on 28 Apr 2005 13:09 PDT
Thanks for the great rating--and the tip :)


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