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Rebelling Against the “Rules of Fashion”

STORY BY: Linda Ruppel
YEAR: 1968
LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB

Growing up in Winnipeg in the 60s as a baby boomer, Linda and her public school classmates were regimented about the way they had to dress. Bands and stars of the day started to break down those “rules of fashion”. In high school, dress codes started to be erased and adolescents could rebel by wearing their torn, dirty jeans. For Linda’s dad, torn jeans were a sign of poverty. He had been making his life as a businessman from nothing so it was an insult to him for his daughter to rebel in this way. “We were going against the establishment in the only way we knew how.” Thanks for sharing, Linda.

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