An “Overall” Look at Clothing
Library of Congress
- 3000 B.C.
- Cotton is woven in the Indus Valley, Asia.
- Shoes (like moccasins) are made by the Babylonians.
- Silk is woven by the Chinese.
- Linen is made from flax by the Egyptians.
- Assyrian soldiers fashion the first boots.
- 200 A.D.
- Romans make different shoes for left and right feet.
- Buttons are used in Europe.
- Pockets are sewn in men's trousers in Europe.
- Waterproof cloth is invented by Mackintosh, a Scotsman.
- The safety pin is invented by Walter Hunt, an American.
- The home sewing machine is patented by Isaac Singer, an American.
- Jeans are made by Levi Straus, an American.
- The zipper, first used to fasten shoes, is patented by the American Whitcomb Judson.
- Asian pajamas replace nightshirts in Europe.
- Keds produces the tennis shoe.
- Synthetic fibers are made by combining coal and petroleum.
- American women wear trousers for golf and horseback riding.
- Polyurethane is developed and used for stretch cloth.
- Nylon stockings are sold in America.
- Polyester fabric is marketed in America.
- Velcro is patented by George de Mestral of Switzerland.
- Calvin Klein begins the “designer” jeans era.