*** Little Lord Fauntleroy blouses -- chronology

Little Lord Fauntleroy Blouses: Chronology

Fauntleroy blouse chronology
Figure 1.--This unidentified oval cabinet card portarit, we think from New York. We see three cghikdren. The oldest two boys wear matching Fauntleroy blouses with ruffled collars. Thecboys look to be abiout 3-5 years old. The portrait is undated, but looks like the 18990s to us.

Francis Hogson was born in Manchester England (1849). After her father died, he mother took the family to America when she was 4 years old. She married Swan Burnett (1873). He became a doctor and the family spent 2 years in Paris. Upon returning to America, she began writing sentimental novels. It was there she saw boys wearing fancy suits, probably the origins of Cedric suits in Little Lord Fauntleroy suits. Burnett published Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885). We notice fancy blouses earlier, but the really fancy ones suddenly became enormously popular after the publication of her book. The suit itself tend to be a plain cut-away jacket and knee pants. The fancy part was the blouses worn with it. The Fauntleroy or fancy blouse is strongly associated with Little Lord Fauntleroy suits. Actually Cedric's clothing is not described in great detail by Mrs. Burnett in her book. What became the Fauntleroy suit was more due to the illustrations in the book than her descriptions. The Fauntleroy style was distinctive in many ways, but one of the most interesting, is that the outfits that the boys actually wore can be more fancy than the descriptions are even the illustrations. Commonly the boys outfits in illustrations and magazines are more idealized than what boys wore in reality--nit the Fauntleroy suit and blouses. We see boys wearing fancy blouses both with and without Fauntleroy suits in the late-19th and early-20 century. A good example is the Harrison boys in America about 1890. They began to decline in popularity after the turn-of-the 20th century. And go out of style style in the 1910s, especially after Wold War I (1914-18). But we continue to see scaled-down outfits for younger boys echoing the Fauntleroy style into the 1930s.


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