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Zimmerman’s Casual Cosmopolitanism lecture shines light on historical garments

By Eboni Tubbs Why do people wear dressing gowns? Are they for sleeping or dressing down? Can they be used to show off one’s wealth or social status? Rachel Zimmerman, a new faculty member at Colorado State University-Pueblo, answered these questions in a lecture about historical clothing and their meanings on Oct. 10. Around the 1700s, Asian culture influenced Europeans to use dressing gowns as a sign of intelligence and status, according to Zimmerman. For example, the Japanese Kimono was a symbol of status, wealth and respect. Priests, merchants, landowners...