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Date: 9/11/13 7:32 AM

Many of us have noticed the exposed zipper trend. My first thought was that it was a cost cutting ploy. Some are cute though. What do you all think about his trend?

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Date: 9/11/13 8:47 AM

I *love* the exposed zipper! :)

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Date: 9/11/13 8:47 AM

I think it's a cost cutter. Sure, they look "cute", with all that metal and stuff, but in today's day and age of every nickel counts, my money is on cost cutting.

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Date: 9/11/13 10:29 AM

I've seen (on TV & movies) dresses with a full length zip and thought that would be costly for such a long zip when it wasn't necessary for getting into the dress.

Also wondered how comfortable it is to sit on a metal zipper.

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Date: 9/11/13 11:02 AM

I think an exposed zipper look great, if it is a great looking zipper. In RTW, it seems that what is used is just run-of-the-mill zippers, not a high end zipper. If I wanted my zip exposed I would want it to be a fabulous zip!

Also, I think, like with any design element, there are some garments that an exposed zip looks good and on others, not so much. Many times, the exposed zip is so poorly sewn. Threads Magazine had an article about sewing an exposed zip (maybe last year) which was a good tutorial on the process.

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Date: 9/11/13 11:34 AM

According to the judges on Project Runway, the exposed zipper is passe'.

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Date: 9/11/13 11:45 AM

I hate them. Just looks like someone didn't know how to insert a zipper so they just stuck it in the outside.

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Date: 9/11/13 12:20 PM

I wasn't that crazy about the trend when it first started, and now I'm really tired of it! I find most zippers quite unattractive to look at, and you see so many that are sewn in poorly. I hope there is a nicer looking trend on the way for 2014!

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Date: 9/11/13 1:22 PM

One of my personal fashion gurus, either Tim Gunn of Clinton Kelly said that the trend was over last year. Since I have been staring at them in the back of dresses since 2009 I must say that its a relief. I, for one will be thankful when all of that zipper tape will be tucked back inside where it belongs. It was kind of cute at first, but now it is back to seeming tacky.

This leads to the question, is there a way to 'un expose' a zipper without losing too much of the fabric? I have a cute RTW dress that I ordered online without realizing that the zipper was exposed, and its a bit tight to take the excess zipper out and have the seamlines meet.

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Date: 9/11/13 2:41 PM

I can't stand the look of an exposed zipper. Zippers are inherently ugly and made to be covered up as much as possible. Why do you think it's been this way for so many years? Is there nothing else that designers can do to create a following? It just goes to show you that the design world can make ANYTHING "all the rage".

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