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Denim is one of the world’s favorite fabrics, and also one of the largest segment of the clothing industry. To celebrate the iconic blue clothing item Emma McClendon, assistant curator at The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, organised a great expo which was displayed untill the 7th of May. The expo was called: “Denim: Fashion Frontier“. Emma publised also a book with all the highlights from this expo.

Cover book: Denim: Fashion Frontier

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The most interesting item from this ”Denim: Fashion Frontier” expo was a pants dated from the 1840’s. This is a true treasure and pre-miners jeans. It’s the oldest pair from the FIT museum archive. This pants is extremely cool and loaded with great details;

  • Fall front instead of a center fly.
  • Fall front is attached with 3 bone buttons (Metal buttons were introduced later and most of the time on workwear clothes).
  • The bone buttons absorbed the indigo, see center of the buttons, as the pants was dyed in indigo afterwards.
  • The pants is dyed in indigo after they were made, instead of dyeing the threads first before weaving.
  • The entire pants is hand stitched including the repairs.
  • The waistband is reinforced with denim fabric.
  • Triangle in the waist to help the wearer tighten the waist.

The shots here below are stills from the video, attached at the end, which they made to highlight all the magnificent details from this 1840’s blue indigo pants.

Denim pants from 1840

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Emma McClendon, assistant curator, and Nicole Bloomfield, conservation technologist, both working at The Museum at FIT, explain all the details about this 1840’s pants in the video here below;

 http://exhibitions.fitnyc.edu/denim-fashions-frontier/

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Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.