Clothes and the Child

Clothes and the Child : A Handbook of Children's Dress in England 1500-1900

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Through the centuries children's clothes have reflected the concerns of parents and the movements of fashion. The needs of the child, changing ideas on health and upbringing, evolving social attitutes and new technology, all find expression in their dress. Its development, and its changing relationship with contemporary adult dress, offer a revealing picture of the times. Though the identities of the children may not survive the clothes, each garment bears the imprint of a way of life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 186 x 236 x 20mm | 707g
  • Bedford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 7 colour photographs and 165 black & white illustrations
  • 0903585294
  • 9780903585293
  • 820,269

Table of contents

Part 1 INFANCY The child in arms: first clothing 1500-1800, 1800-1900 Beginning to walk: second clothing From long clothes to short clothes 1500-1900 Part 2 CHILDHOOD Children in skirts 1500-1750 1500-1650, 1650-1750 A dress for childhood 1750-1820 Children and fashion 1820-1900 Children in mourning Part 3 GROWING UP Breeching Boys & girls 1500-1900 Boys 1500-1650, Girls 1500-1650, Boys 1650-1750, Girls 1650-1750, Boys 1750-1820, Girls 1750-1820, Boys 1820-1900, Girls 1820-1900 Looking back, looking forward References, Glossary, Select bibliography and collections, Sources of illustrations, Index
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Clare Rose in Costume, No 31, 1997: '..a valuable addition to the literature on a too-little studied aspect of cotume history.. We are fortunate to have this work from one of the foremost authorities in the field.' Christine Stevens in Folk Life, Vol 35, 1996-7: '..yet another demonstration of the thorough scholarship which Anne Buck brings to any project.., ..written and presented in a way accessible to both the serious researcher and casual reader.. ..makes real progress in the.. field of children's costume studies.' Jo B Paoletti in Dress, Vol 23 1996: '..not only a welcome addition to the literature on children's clothing, but dress in general.'
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About Anne Buck

Anne Buck OBE is an international authority on English costume. As Keeper of the Gallery of English Costume at Platt Hall, Manchester, she built up a world-renowned collection which is particularly rich in children's clothing. She is the author of several books and articles on costume and dress and has lectured widely on the subject.
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