I opened Google just now and was surprised to see a ZIPPER picture and the word "Google" in an embroidery texture! For a dedicated sewing & crafts fan it was a pleasant surprise!
Yesterday was "Earth Day". Could today be a SEWING Day? Would be cool, ha? But it turns out, today is 132nd birth anniversary of Gideon Sundback- the inventor of the ZIPPER! So, it is still related to garments and sewing! Although some of you may not realise how valuable and important the invention of The Zipper is (of course it's not a discovery of electricity!) , I dare say it involves more imagination and creativity. Think about it- Gideon came up with a solution to a problem. He did not discover something which was already there, created by nature!
Now, after a quick research and some digging in my own experience as a tailor and shopper, I can say that zippers can be extensively used as decoration, and not only as a stylish replacement of buttons or method of keeping that skirt on! Zippers can be THE tick- the detail in a design of a garment which changes everything! Example- I have a friend who LOVES these thick zippers with golden teeth on dresses and tops! They are known as "EXPOSED Zippers". I am sure you have seen a lot of them in shops recently!
Now check out how zippers could make an item look interesting in a new & different way!
|Victoria Beckham wearing an Exposed Zipper dress.|
|ZARA dress with an Exposed zipper|
Zipper Trends (http://hiddengemsfashion.com/archives/90)
And there are also ways of re-using old zippers or just including them into your design ideas!
|Gallery of using Zippers as accessories (http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaliaversaci/page12/)|
|Zipper Brooch (http://oohsome.blogspot.com/2009/08/zipper-brooch.html)|
|Exposed zippers on leggings!|
|Complicated party dress with LOADS of exposed zippers!|
Well, there you go! Now you know who you should be thanking for Zippers! Happy Birthday Gideon Sundback!
(Read more about him here: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/shownews.aspx?id=GADEN20120200545&Sec=NEWS&nid=201347)