Friday, 8 October 2010

Vintage fashion for children

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  1. This a quite stunning post. It has a beardless boy, which is good because your pictures of men with beards in dresses do not make it. If trying to explore femininity in males, it should probably be dome without beards. The anticipated exploration--of what is here only implied and unspoken- is what is arresting.

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  2. Thank you for commenting.

    On the beards: it's only because the historical sources I'm editing show men with beards because that's how 19th century chaps mostly looked. It's not some pre-occupation of mine! Finding pictures at decent image quality by the same artist and with a licence allowing me to use it is already hard. Insisting on no beards just shrinks the options even further.

    The one advantage is that they are unmistakably male.

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  3. I Love the Great work you do in showing the male being Feminized. I hope to see the day when men and boys are able to be as Feminine as they wish with Strong Independent Women and Girls Protecting their Pretty Males!

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  4. got any other vintage pattern pics for children's clothing from mccalls

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  5. i would like to sew my son this dress

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  6. He looks so pertty and nature in this outfit think more boys should dress like this :)

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  7. this is a great image!

    sure would have loved to dress like when I was a child...

    I think you'd like my blog:

    21stcentruyrealmenaresissies.blogspot.com

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  8. Brendan Pickett: Congrats on a nice role reversal blog!

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  9. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/photos/?c=y&articleID=119483704 In case you haven't seen it, would be a good addition to your site, real pic of FDR as a child in a dress... Baby Francis Roosevelt, future husband of President Eleanor Roosevelt.

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  10. I think keeping the men with beards is actually an asset. As breasts are considered an obvious trait of femininity, beards are considered undeniably male. In a gender-quaked world, beards would become the fru-fru fashion of the day; just like ladies fussing with intricate hairstyles, so men would be encouraged to fuss with their beards. Then they would understand the subjection to rapidly changing fashions and having to match their beards to their outfits. Lower dress necklines also give men the opportunity men to show off their beards much more than with pre-quake shirts! :)

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    1. That's exactly right. Traditional femininity does not allow for hairiness, because it has been associated with the relatively less hairy female. If what we call 'feminine' behaviour had always been associated with males, then it would incorporate facial hair to some extent, because as you point out beards are a characteristic of the male. No one would see dresses and beards as incompatible.

      Bit hard for us to get accustomed to, I admit!

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    2. I like the fact that his waist is so tiny. A woman could almost put her hands completely around it. He is flirtatiously showing a bit of petticoat in such a feminine manner.

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  11. Hi Jamie,

    Great image. We plan to feature this on our blog at http://archermagazine.com.au in the near future, with full accreditation. Just a heads up!

    Amy

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  12. The young woman is reaching for her handkerchief to give to this boy who's emotions have overwhelmed the delicate little creature. I agree that his tiny waist and display of his frillies has gotten the attention of this young woman.

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