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Shayla Corinne Black

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive


Hip-hop is a multifaceted genre of twentieth-century music, whose influence has expanded from the streets to the runway. It is a global phenomenon embraced by millions. Hip-hop began in the Bronx, New York and was forged by black youth as a form of artistic expression. Groups like Run-D.M.C. were iconic with their trademarks: Adidas sneakers, tracksuits, bucket hats, and gold rope chains. The fashion world avidly participated by appropriating the bright colors, athletic wear, loose-fitting garmen

Shoes and Shoemaking

Elizabeth Semmelhack

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Shoemaking in North America dates back to the establishment of the very first colonies. It was one of the trades that the Virginia Company hoped to establish in Jamestown, and one of the early investors in the Virginia Company was the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, the shoemakers’ guild in London. The first mention of shoemakers, or cordwainers as they were known (a term derived from their work with Cordova leather) dates to 1610. Archaeological evidence from Jamestown suggests that the Engli


Susan L. Sokolowski

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

According to some historians, King Henry VIII of England expressed ideas related to an athletic sneaker-type construction in the 1500s. According to folklore, the king was getting a bit overweight, and he decided playing tennis would be a good way to get in shape. But he was not happy with the shoes he had. He ordered his servant to get “syxe paire of shooys with feltys, to pleye in at tennis” (six pairs of shoes with felt bottoms to play tennis in), from the local cobbler (Paquin 1990). Although

Nine: Sportswear

Bradley Quinn

Source: Techno Fashion, 2002, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

For more than a decade, Nike led the industry in both technological innovation and style. The tailored details of Nike sportswear influenced the sportswear collections of established fashion labels and cutting edge designers. Nike pioneered a streamlined, modern look usually associated with minimal fashion, that appealed to fashion-conscious urban dwellers whether they were gym devotees or not. Advanced technology gives Nike garments and shoes ventilation, water repellency and stretchability, mak

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