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Children’s Clothes

Viveka Berggren Torell

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

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,

Invisible Clothing

Philippe Perrot

Source: Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion, 2nd Edition, 2009, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

Many maladies are caused by … corsets. Thin bodies, narrow shoulders. Out of four two are bones of some promise; one, bones which promise nothing; a fourth go to Nice with the consumption; another fourth will at twenty-six drag out six days of the seven in an invalid's chair.

Genitals and Legs

Susan J. Vincent

Source: The Anatomy of Fashion. Dressing the Body from the Renaissance to Today, 2009, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

What is the one thing that frogs and properly built men alone have in common? The answer, according to John Doran’s nineteenth-century study of costume history, is calves.JohnDoran, Habits and Men (London: Richard Bentley, 1855), p. 197. For until modernity reinscribed their attractions as female, the desirability of good calves, thighs and legs has been positioned securely within the realm of the masculine. Hidden beneath their enveloping dresses, until the twentieth century women’s legs were al

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