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A Brief History of Sequins

Like them or loathe them, sequins and glitz are a part of the holiday season. Personally, I’m a proponent for anything bedazzled—no matter the time of year or how casual the occasion. So when did it become customary to save the embellishments for more festive times? From King Tut to Liberace, follow the sequin-ce of events that lead to all things blinged out.

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Ancient Egypt: Pharaohs are buried in sequined garments, fashioned out of gold coins, to signify their importance when they enter their next life.


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Middle Ages: The Roma people, often referred to as Gypsies, migrate to Europe, sewing coins to their belts to show off their wealth.
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19th Century: Dressmakers begin incorporating sequins made out of gelatin into their designs. Unfortunately, the material can't sustain heat or water and melts away.
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1970s: Frequenters of Studio 54 and other discos realize that there's no better way to do the Hustle than in a sequined jumpsuit.

 

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1980s: An era of excess brings bedazzled hats, gloves and jazzercise gear.

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