Reimagined Components: A small, found silver-tone zipper hangs from a 16'' stainless steel oval link chain.
Components Found in: Clayton GA
The iconic clothing and accessories fastener went through a series of inventors and patents over a few decades before it made its way to the final form that we all recognize today. The original idea and design came from Elias Howe Jr. (inventor of the sewing machine) in 1851 as the “automatic, continuous clothing closure”, but with the little interest that he received back from his design, Howe opted out of trying to promote it to the masses. 44 years later, inventor Whitcomb Judson released a slightly improved design based off of Howe’s model called the “Clasp Locker” that he took to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair where he since became known as the father of the zipper, though the term “zipper” was not used until the 1930s. The zipper’s greatest debut, though, happened in 1937 at the “Battle of the Fly” event, where French fashion designers favored the zipper over buttons for men’s trousers. Esquire magazine stated that the zipper would “exclude the possibility of unintentional and embarrassing disarray”.
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