The Popular Culture of Fashion

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The Popular Culture of Fashion Music continued to inspire new styles, such as the disco era's notoriously flamboyant men's pantsuits and women's shiny metallic dresses and glitter. Trends became less racially specific, although certain stereotypes—like the black urban pimp or the white punk rocker—remained in vogue, perhaps as much for their infamy as their unapologetic edge and flashiness. Lifestyle trends also affected the fashion industry, as when fitness celebrities like Jane Fonda popularized the women's workout leotard in the 1980s. Meanwhile, throughout the second half of the twentieth century, American apparel and textile manufacturers continued to expand their industries overseas to cut costs and compete effectively with foreign businesses. Meanwhile, upscale couturiers developed into corporate brand names throughout the twentieth century. Their logos became status symbols, frequently pirated on the
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