Published: July 25, 2014

Summer might mean taking off the layers, but what Americans wear reflects so much more than the weather. In this episode, we explore what our self-presentation can say about our society and culture, and what fashions reflect about moments and movements in American history. Can fashion statements be political statements? How does fashion evolve, or does it revolve? And does the United States have a unique style? Just some of the questions we’ll be asking about the history of fashion in America…

Coming soon: producer Kelly Jones explores the surprisingly scandalous history of zippers.