Some interesting images of period clothing for boys are available in movies and television shows. Movies vary greatly in the accuracy of the clothing styles they display. There are some movie, however, that are quite accurate. Clothing styles worn in the 18th Century, including dresses for little boys, can be seen in The Madness of King George (199?). The clothes worn after the Civil War can be seen in one of Disney's better, but little known, Song of the South (1948?). Turn of the century clothes are nicely showcased in Life with Father (1947). Sausage curls, a Fauntleroy
Figure 1.--Clothes worn in the era after the Civil War are shown in "Song of the South". The boy didn't care much for his lace collar.
Many foreign movies show clothing and school uniforms worn in
countries during specific periods:
Belgium: A good view of Belgian boys clothing during the
World War II era can be seen in Sorrow of the Belgians (1995).
England: English school boy clothes during the early 1940s
can be seen in Hope and Glory (1985?). The short pants suits
worn even in secondary
schools during the 1950s can be seen in P'Tang Yang Kipperbang
France: Clothes and school uniforms worn during the 1940s
are shown in Auervoir les Enfantes (1990). Clothes and
school uniforms worn a decade later in the 1950s are depicted in La
Souffle au coeur (Murmer of the Heart) (France, 1971),
including the white knee socks worn by Catholic schoolboys attending
a private all-boys college (highschool).
Germany: No information currently available. If you know
of some, please let me know.
Italy: Italian clothes styles are nicely shown during
the 1940s in The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
(Italy/Germany,1970?). I know little about Italian films and would
appreciate any advise Italian visitors might offer.
I am compiling a alphabetized list of movies which accurately
depict period costuming for boys. It should be available in a few
weeks. Please let me know of any movies and television shows that
are good depictions of period dress.
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