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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: the zipper — its history and significance, its role in fashion … and why so many zippers say “YKK.”
- Robert Friedel: Professor emeritus of history at the University of Maryland and the author of Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty
- Emma McClendon: Fashion historian, curator, and author
- Jim Reed: President of YKK Corporation of America
Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show, which originally aired April 14, 2022.
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