Floral prints, puffy shoulders, lace-edged bibs, and satin ribbons tied around the waist. That would describe pretty much all the fancywear in my closet in 1992. I look at little kids these days wearing skinny jeans with a studded belt, miniature Chucks, and a faux fur bolero on top, and I’m a little jealous! Not that I didn’t LOVE getting fancied up in my adorkable little dresses as a kid… But back then we really didn’t have the same options of dressing like tiny replicas of fashion-forward adults. It was a bib you couldn’t spill on or nothing! I know all you 80s babies are feelin’ me right now! But imagine our collective mortification if our parents put our little brothers in dresses or us girls in a toddler sized corset. A corset!
I recently visited the Perelman Building, an annex to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where they always have interesting costume and textile exhibitions. Right now they are showing a collection of childrenswear from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries that give a fascinating peek into fashions from the past.
And for a little peek into fashions from MY past….
Happy (throwback) Fashion Friday!