The zipper: An invention overlooked yet essential
We use zippers all the time: whether on clothes, shoes, bags, tents… the list goes on. Zippers keep our belongings secure, they keep us warm, they help keep out the elements, and they make it easier to get dressed. This hour is all about the zipper. We’ll learn about its history and significance, plus the role of zippers in fashion, and why so many zippers say “YKK.”
- Robert Friedel: Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Maryland and author of Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty, among other books.
- Emma McClendon: Fashion historian, curator, and author.
- Jim Reed: President of YKK Corporation of America.
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Colin McEnroe and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show.