‘Fashion for Children: Changing Views on Childhood’



Staff Writer

Feb. 27-April 11

Kids’ fashion was once a very different thing to what it is today. Before the 1800s, children often wore similar outfits, whether they were boys and girls, and until the mid-19th century parents often dressed children like miniature adults, emulating their own fashion choices.

By the late 19th and early 20th century, Western fashion for kids began to include more distinct style differences between sexes and more comfortable and colorful outfits. Such changes reflected changes in society as views of parenting altered and children were encouraged to more freely express their own personalities. In Europe, parents sought to dress their children in more practical clothing, while in Japan, Western styles were being imported.

This exhibition brings together paintings, prints, photographs and documents illustrating the progression of European children’s fashion, as well as the influence of the West on Japanese style.

Iwami Art Museum; 5-15 Ariake-cho, Masuda, Shimane. Masuda Stn. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Tue. 0856-31-1860; www.grandtoit.jp/museum