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Denim is perhaps the most wide-spread and well-known textile. Since its inception in the late 18th century, this sturdy yet comfortable fabric has worked its way into nearly every form of clothing. Most famously, denim came to define a whole new category of clothing in 1873 when Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis received a U.S. patent to create the first ever blue jeans. After this, denim became the primary work wear for cowboys and factory workers and wasn’t worn by women (barring a brave rebellious few in the 1920s) until the 1930s and 40s wartime effort. In the 1950s, movies like Rebels Without a Cause popularized jeans as a rebellious fashion statement rather than just work wear. And the rest is history. Here are some of our favorites from the last century.