Since it emerged there in the seventeenth century in Nimes -France- as a highly resistant fabric perfect to combat the weather, the denim has been present in most of the most important and significant moments of our history, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which has just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.
After the division of Germany at the end of World War II, Berlin was fractured into four sectors of occupation: Soviet, American, French and English. The bad relations between communists and allies, and the constant disputes between them, gave rise to the creation of two Germanies: in 1949 finally the 3 western sectors were unified in the so-called German Federal Republic -RFA- and the Soviet sector was renamed Republic German Democratic -RDA-.
The weakened economy of the GDR, which contrasted sharply with the burgeoning situation of the RFA, caused that until 1961 about 3 million Germans moved from the Soviet sector to the west. Aware of this, on August 12 of that same year the GDR began to build a large wall that prevented this population leak to the western side.
What began as a provisional wall became a concrete wall about 4 meters high reinforced inside with steel cables to increase its resistance. The Berlin Wall was surrounded by a moat, a fence, a road where military patrols, alarm systems and watchtowers circulated.
In spite of the strict security measures, in the 28 years of life of the Berlin Wall there were more than 5,000 people who tried to cross it: more than 3,000 were arrested and about 100 died in the attempt.
The opening of the borders between Austria and Hungary in May 1989 and the numerous and massive demonstrations in Alexanderplatz by the citizens of the Soviet sector caused that finally on November 9, 1989 the GDR allowed the passage to the west. The next day citizens gathered around the Wall to begin with the collapse of what was a symbol of the Cold War.
But that isolation did not prevent the citizens of the Soviet sector from sharing the trends of the time. In the 1980s, worn, high-waisted, straight-cut jeans were - and are today - the essential garment in any wardrobe. You just have to take a look at the photographs to see that the ‘blue jeans’ were a trend. In the images that immortalize the fall of the Berlin Wall, denim abounds in different shades of blue combined with sweatshirts and baggy jackets with shoulder pads.
And you, had you stopped to watch it?
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