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Published Tuesday, September 25, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman In America, styles tend to come rapidly into vogue, then disappear just as quickly as they came. But fashion as an expression of self is intrinsically connected to elements of the American experience, from the economy to pop culture, religion, politics, and social status. From our Nike’s to our Levi’s, what we wear has, for centuries, spoken volumes about who we are and what we want. Style carries a certain social meaning because American culture has long placed great significance on individualism and public image, and image has long been intertwined with the American capitalist economy. Read More 

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Published Tuesday, September 25, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman Men in America wore moccasins until 1629 when a shoemaker of London, Thomas Beard, brought a kit of tools to Massachusetts and became the first recorded shoemaker in the colonies. John Adams Dagyr created the first shoe factory in America in the early 18th century. And in 1883, Jan Matzlenger created a machine that could produce 700 shoes a day. He received a patent for this technology in 1883. And so began America’s love affair with shoes.  Throughout its history, shoe trends have helped to shape as well as symbolize American culture. Read More 

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Published Tuesday, September 25, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman The U.S. President George Washington might be considered the first American trendsetter when it came to hairstyles.  He went against the norm of his era by not wearing a wig. Instead, he pulled his hair back and powdered it, elaborating it with extra-long sideburns. Since then, Americans have embraced the styling of hair as another example of individual expression. Hairstyles during the 1800’s were focused largely on soft up-do’s and romantic curls and ringlets.  Nearly all women had long hair, often long enough to sit on, but it was hardly ever worn loose. Read More 

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Published Tuesday, September 25, 18 | By PaulvHill

The United States is one of the leading countries in the fashion design industry, along with FranceItaly, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. Apart from professional business attire, American fashion is eclectic and predominantly informal. While Americans' diverse cultural roots are reflected in their clothing, particularly those of recent immigrants, cowboy hatsboots, and leather motorcycle jackets are emblematic of specifically American styles. New York City and Los Angeles are the centers of America's fashion industry. They are considered leading fashion capitals. New York City is generally considered to be one of the "big four" global fashion capitals, along with ParisMilan, and London.

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