Exhibition: “All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children & Their Families

Exhibition:  “All Dressed Up:  Fashions for Children & Their Families

Where:  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

When:  Through December 1, 2013

Girl's Dress, c. 1842-45 American Wool plain weave, wool braid, silk twill ribbon Gift of Mrs. H. H. La Ment, 1966 1966-192-5, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Girl’s Dress, c. 1842-45
American
Wool plain weave, wool braid, silk twill ribbon
Gift of Mrs. H. H. La Ment, 1966
1966-192-5, Philadelphia Museum of Art

All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families focuses on clothing from the late  eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries, comparing and contrasting adults’ apparel with  children’s smaller styles. Garments and accessories from the Museum’s collection explore how  evolving concepts of childhood have shaped what was considered appropriate in the past, and  the relationship of young styles to those of adults; why girls and small boys both wore skirts;  the reason for extreme fashions like hoopskirts; who wore fancy clothes; and how children were  expected to behave where these clothes.”

 

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