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Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon

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Since their appearance nearly 150 years ago, jeans have been worn by every facet of American society and exported around the world as an icon of our civilization. In Jeans, James Sullivan traces their evolution from a simple utilitarian garment into the very embodiment of the American ethos. Beginning with the adoption of front-buckled pants as a style of dress in nineteenth-century America (supposedly derided as“fornication pant” by Mormon leader Brigham Young), Sullivan documents how jeans took their place in our culture today—as worn by rappers, hipsters, and discount shoppers—becoming the standard dress in America and embodying the ideals of vastly different segments of society. Touching on the rise and fall of indigo, the mythos of the cowboy, American cultural imperialism, sex, advertising, and countless other topics wrapped in denim, Jeans is a history of popular American culture as told through its pants.

Synopsis:

For over 150 years, blue jeans have been worn by every sector of American society, and exported around the world as a symbol of American civilization. Sullivan traces the evolution of jeans from a simple utilitarian garment into what fashion critics have called "the American uniform."

About the Author

James Sullivan was a pop culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle for seven years, and has also written for the Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592402892
Subtitle:
A Cultural History of an American Icon
Publisher:
Gotham
Author:
Sullivan, James
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Americana
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jeans (Clothing)
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.02x5.32x.89 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14 up to AND UP

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"Synopsis" by , For over 150 years, blue jeans have been worn by every sector of American society, and exported around the world as a symbol of American civilization. Sullivan traces the evolution of jeans from a simple utilitarian garment into what fashion critics have called "the American uniform."
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