The real story of the hoodie

Hoodie: the history of clothing with a high-profile reputation

Many have a version of their favorite drawstring hoodie in their wardrobe. This thing conquered everyone with its convenience and stylish appearance. Designers release runway collections with cotton models for a lump sum (for example, to buy an Offwhite sweatshirt, cook from $ 500). Instagram stars love to print their merch on them, and artists create full-fledged art objects from warm sweaters.

The real story of the hoodie

Hardly anyone thought that the history of the appearance of a hoodie stretches back as far as the 12th century. Even monks of medieval Europe and pilgrims wore robes. The coarse fabric and hood (from the English hood) saved from bad weather and unnecessary glances.

A hooded head always looks a little mysterious. This image has developed since the time when executioners carried out executions in long hoodies, and the clergy performed solemn rites. Such clothing was forbidden for lepers, Jews and women of easy virtue.

Today, a hoodie is a loose fit of cotton jersey without fasteners and buttons. Sometimes with a marsupial pocket, for which the jacket used to be called "kangarushka". In the 1930s, the first men's sweatshirt was created by Knickerbocker. Hooded sweaters are specially designed for athletes to keep them warm on street workouts. Clothing for athletes migrated to schools and universities. Hoodies with patches of sports teams and educational institutions were gaining more and more popularity, and the company began to modestly call itself Champion.

 In the 1970s, the emergence of hip-hop culture in America caused a stir. The main clothing of the rapper is an oversized sweatshirt. The baggy jacket is comfortable to wear, and the deep hood on the head gives confidence and hides the face from the police. The underground history of the hoodie doesn't end there. Banned graffiti artists and break dancers love this piece of clothing. Finally giving it a flair of crime.

The sweatshirt became popular among all segments of the population after the release of the sports drama about the poor but charismatic boxer "Rocky" in 1976. Do you remember the shot where Sylvester Stallone trains on the steps in an old gray sweatshirt to epic music? The film has been watched by millions of viewers and since then even the Rocky Balboa hoodie has gained cult status.

Claudine Russo, a professor at London College of Fashion, says that along with Rocky, the hoodie helped transform Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi. He wore a hooded robe: “That's when the transition happened. The hoodie went from being a sportswear to being a casual wear and eventually a working class uniform. ”

In the 80s, skateboarders took a fancy to these comfortable clothes. There were no extreme amusement parks and young people performed stunts in public places. Of course, feints on park rails, in shopping malls or empty swimming pools are prohibited, but the hoodie helped to remain anonymous.

By the way, jackets with the word “Thrasher” that were wildly popular several years ago are a reference to the culture of skateboarders. This is the name of the magazine about this sport.

At the end of the twentieth century, eminent designers began to produce hoodies. The first were Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Armani. After that, the women's sweatshirt began to be found in stores as often as the men's. Unisex models for all tastes have appeared, and street fashion and freedom of expression have taken hoodies to the next level. Girls combine them with shoes with heels and leather skirts, guys wear hoodies with trousers and laconic sneakers. Buying a sweatshirt for men for going to the office or university has long become the norm.

 Now answer the question "What kind of hoodies are there?" in one article is impossible. The sporty style thing has firmly settled in the everyday wardrobe and fits perfectly into casual, sport chic, grunge and other fashion trends.

Did you know that the history of creating a sweatshirt is so fascinating?

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