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• Early pilgrims had to sew and re-sew clothing for many years due to a lack of supplies to make new clothing. (A Visual Dictionary of Early American Clothing)
• Current young American clothing is heavily based on music. Band t-shirts are very popular, especially in the rock subculture.
• The corset, worn in the 1800s, was originally from Europe. (CostumeHistoryClass)
• Flappers were the first women in the 1920s to rebel against traditional clothing standards. They rejected drab Victorian clothes and began expressing their desire to break free of traditional conventions through their clothing.
• "Jeans" as we know them today were invented in 1873 by Jacob Davis due to the need of durable, stronger clothing for miners and other working-class men. (Levi Strauss)
• Most clothing in America is gender specific.
• Some Americans of certain nationalities still participate in the ceremonial wearing of traditional clothing from their native countries. Many people of Indian or Muslim descent still wear burkas and saris in public and at home.