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Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010
Children’s clothing can be especially revealing of a culture’s beliefs and values because it is so often used not only to signify the wearer’s identity and group association but also to teach cultural patterns to the young. The fashions worn by North American children and youth reveal a history of increasing emphasis on individuality expressed through consumer goods.
Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe 2010
The notion that children represent the future has influenced children’s dress for a long time. During the Enlightenment, childhood started to be seen as an important, separate period in a person’s life that ought to be devoted to a playful existence. At that time, philosophers advocated clothes allowing free movement of the body, to make it possible for children to develop according to their “inner path” and thereby become sensible adults. These ideas later reverberated in the twentieth century,