Jeans were born out of necessity and it had its origin in work wear for laborers because of the durability and comfort of the fabric. In the late 1800s Denim trousers called ‘Waist Overall’ were typically worn by male workers. On 20th may 1873 jeans were born, as we now know them, which were dyed with indigo and named as blue jeans. Indigo was inexpensive and easy to acquire. Hence blue jeans soon became the first choice of work wear for mines, farmer and factory workers because of their toughness and affordability.
In 1890s metal rivets were used on the pockets and the button fly of the jeans to make them more durable.
During 1920s belt loops were introduced in Denim and around the same time first zipper fly was designed.
Then jeans became widely popular in the West sometime during 1930s when Hollywood actors supported cowboy look wearing jeans and high boots teamed with cowboy hat.
It is hard to believe that less than hundred years ago jeans were for male workers only. Finally in 1934, Levi Strauss designed the world’s first jeans exclusively for women. And the target audiences were the women working in farms
In 1950s young people started wearing jeans as a symbol of rebellion. Due to the popularity of jeans, through 1960 to 1970 manufacturers started manufacturing different designs in jeans. From the Mines, field and Farms, Denim started to go fashionable.
Fashion Designers started drawing attention on denims during 80s.