Jeans Through the Years

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Jeans Through the Years

By | October 2008
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Bell-bottoms came and went, came back and then left again. Top hats had their time to shine and platform shoes had an intense, yet short, life. Polyester made a brief appearance and at one time, sailor suits could be seen everywhere, but not anymore. Yet jeans seem to have survived. Jeans achieved one task that is nearly impossible: staying a major trend from the eighteenth century to the present day. Popularity usually comes with an expiration date, but apparently not for jeans. Who ever thought that jeans would be such a fashion statement and change with each decade? As I look back, I remember falling at the playground and being so heartbroken because I had gotten a hole in my jeans. These days, people are spending a lot of money on clothes that actually have tears in them. Holes are now part of the fashion statement. Jeans have changed over drastically over the years from the style, the people who wear each kind, to the brand names. In relation to Pozner’s article “The Unreal World”, which stereotypes how women are portrayed on reality television, jeans are portrayed in a sense of stereotypical denims. Before jeans were seen as leisure wear, they were seen as work attire. Film stars throughout the 1950s made jeans become very popular. The 1950s youth were the first to embrace jeans as a symbol of their generation. It was the symbol of the teenage rebel in television programs and movies such as James Dean in the 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause. Some schools in the United States were actually banning students from wearing denim, which caused them to be more popular throughout the students. No matter what the stars were wearing, they would make the jeans catchy enough for teenagers to want to go and buy that exact same style. Once pop and film stars like Elvis Presley and James Dean were seen wearing them, they then became desirable internationally in the 1950s and were associated with rock and roll and pop music. At this point in time, jeans were just becoming...