1873: Loeb Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis
1930s: John Wayne
1955: James Dean in scene from “Rebel Without a Cause”
1940s: Women working in factories embrace denim, à la Rosie the Riveter
1970s: From Jackie O. to Charlie’s Angels, denim goes mainstream and then upstream.
1980s: “You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” So says 15-year-old Brooke Shields.
1990s: Tommy Hilfiger with members of Destiny’s Child
2000s: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
Jenna Lyons at the Met Ball.