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From its workwear origins, it has been the fabric of rebellion, worn by moody teenagers in the Fifties, dope-smoking hippies in the Sixties and, in the Seventies, anarchist punks. Now denim is reinventing itself. Instead of dressing down in blue jeans, you can dress up in denim pedal pushers and strappy dresses, sprinkled with diamante

Clockwise from top left: denim dress with pink diamante, pounds 45, from Warehouse, available nationwide, enq: 0171-278 3491; black shoes, pounds 216, by Jimmy Choo, 20 Motcomb Street, London SW1, enq: 0171-235 0242. Claret tie-side top, pounds 36, by Red or Dead, available nationwide, enq: 0114- 273 7827; denim pedal pushers, pounds 29.99, by Easy, from Top Shop, available nationwide, enq: 0181-450 9161. Silver sparkle cardigan, pounds 45, by Warehouse, as before; denim jeans, pounds 49, by Red or Dead, as before; shoes, pounds 159, by Joseph, 315 Brompton Road, London SW3, enq: 0171-590 6200. Denim bomber jacket, pounds 65, by Red or Dead, as before; black and silver lurex t-shirt, pounds 35, by French Connection, as before. Pale pink shirt, pounds 38, by Jigsaw, available nationwide, enq: 0171-491 4484; denim skirt, pounds 50, by French Connection, available nationwide, enq: 0171-399 7200; black shoes, by Jimmy Choo, as before.