It’s in your jeans! retro looks re­vived

These cuts, which ruled from the ’60s to the ’90s, are back in style

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Pr­erna Gauba pr­

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.

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