Children's Costumes: Country Trends


Figure 1.--This boy is unidentified. He was proabably photograohed in the 1890s. We believe that he is an English boy wearing a 18th century costume. We think it would be described as a country squire. The obvioulsy well-made costume suggests that he came from a very well to do family.

HBC has noted considerable difference in costume trends in different countries. This is in part due to the different holidays for which children wear costumes. In America the preminent holliday for which costumes are worn is Halloween trick or treating. This was, however, a destinctly American celebration, although in recent years it has begun to become popular in other countries. Many European countries have annual festivals foe which many, not just children, dress up in folk or historical costumes. Economic afluence is another factor as dressing up in costumes is most common in affluent countries and among children from middle and upper-class families.

America

The preminent American holiday for which costumes are worn is Halloween trick or treating. This was, however, a destinctly American celebration, although in recent years it has begun to become popular in other countries. An early popular costume was Palmer Cox's Brownies. Nost Halloween costumes were home made, but we begin to see stire-brought costumes in the early 20th century.

England

English boys like to dress up in costumes for Guy Faukes Day. We have noted many affluent English boys wearing very elaborate costumes in the late 19th and early 20th century. We have less information on costumes worn by the ordinary British boy, although costumes do often play roles in Just William, so we suspect that ther was some costume paly--mostly home made costumes. Haloween becoming a popular holliday in England during the late 20th century, primarily as a result of the American influence.

Greece

Greek boys dress up in costumes for Apokries or Carnival.

Other European Countries

Many European countries have annual festivals foe which many, not just children, dress up in folk or historical costumes. Economic afluence is another factor as dressing up in costumes is most common in affluent countries and among children from middle and upper-class families.









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