It’s in your jeans! retro looks revived
These cuts, which ruled from the ’60s to the ’90s, are back in style
Our closets are incomplete without a dozen pairs of jeans living in them. But do you know they have a story that will take you back to 1873? Denim, a fabric traditionally coloured blue with indigo dye, was used by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss to craft jeans.
The date May 20, 1873, is considered to be the birthday of blue jeans as Davis and Strauss got a US patent for putting rivets in sturdy trousers that were popular as work pants.
As the years passed, like any other fashion trend, jeans went through myriad adaptations. Actor Marilyn Monroe made high-waist, bottom-fold denims a rage in the ’60s after she rocked it in her 1961 movie The Misfits. In the ’70s came flared denims, and Hindi film stars such as Parveen Babi and Dharmendra wore them like a pro. Ripped jeans appeared in the mid’70s on members of the punk rock band Ramones. The ’80s were all about skinny ankle-length jeans, and also ripped jeans. Denim dungarees took over in the ’90s. Many of these trends have made a stylish comeback, and the credit goes to Bollywood’s fashionistas.