Triangle: Remembering the Fire

Thursday, March 17, 2011
By Sara Moore

In the new HBO documentary, Triangle: Remembering the Fire, learn about the tragic 1911 fire that killed 146 garment workers who were trapped in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory building. Managers kept the doors locked to stairwells and exits so workers would not be able to leave early.

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This tragedy sparked public outrage and propelled factory workers, who were predominantly women, to start a public uprising against the unacceptable working conditions they were given, how it took the deadly and disastrous fire to not only change labor laws forever, but also finally gave a voice to a previously unheard minority, women.

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Throughout the century, the shirtwaist garment changed according to fashion trends, from the early shirtwaist design featuring pleats in the shoulders that reflected the puffy-shouldered Gibson girl, or a less rigid puff shoulder which were often were worn untucked, to the more of a sexy, classy chic look hitting the runways today.

The film premieres on March 21, 2011 on HBO. The 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire is March 25, 2011.

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