The History and Versatility of Jeans

The History and Versatility of Jeans

Whether you've had them for years or just bought a new pair, odds are good you own at least one pair of jeans. We explore the history, culture and versatility of your favorite pair of jeans.

Whether you've had them for years or just bought a new pair, odds are good you own at least one pair of jeans. How and why we wear them says a lot about who we are and how we want to be perceived. They can cost $30 or $300, and the variation in styles is nearly endless. So how did heavy duty work pants become a wardrobe staple? We explore the history, culture and versatility of your favorite pair of jeans.

Guests

James Sullivan

journalist; author, "Jeans: A Cultural History of An American Icon" (Gotham)

Rosana Vollmerhausen

personal stylist, Style for Hire; owner, DC Style Factory

Related Links

Video: How Jeans Are Made

The Discovery Channel's piece on the making of our favorite pants:

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