Trayvon Martin’s death has sparked widespread interest (and debate) about the perceptions surrounding hoodies and those who wear them. It’s also become a protest symbol worn by those rallying in support of the unarmed teenager who was shot in a gated Florida community last month. But the hoodie has had a long history, starting from its use by monks in the Middle Ages. In modern times, the hoodie has been used as a uniform, incorporated into high-end fashion for women and maintained an important presence in athletics and hip-hop culture. And a wide range of celebrities have been known to wear them.
In "Rocky," Sylvester Stallone famously ran up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a hooded sweatshirt. John Bramley/MGM Buy Photo