The modern zipper we use today was first implemented in 1913, replacing tedious eyelet hooks, and immediately revolutionizing the way we get dressed. Besides the obvious practical reasons, the zipper is also used as a bold embellishment in fashion.
In the 30s, Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the first designers to use zippers as decorative objects, and by the 90s they had become edgy staples, from showing up in the designer  Helmut Lang‘s collections to fantastical editorials like the man above in the August 1993 issue of The Face.
Fast forward 100 years and BAMIN (Build And Make I Now) relies on the sturdy hardware to transform the look, feel, and shape of a handbag.

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[Photo sources: 1, 2, 3]