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Kidorama: 200 Years of Children’s Fashion

Start Date 08 July 2022
End Date 05 March 2023
Venue Fashion & Lace Museum
Location Brussels, Belgium
Curator Catherine Gauthier and Mathilde Sema
mannequins dressed in contemporary children's clothing

Exhibition 08.07.22 > 05.03.23

Children’s fashion is healthier than ever. More inclusive, more environmentally friendly, with an emphasis on handmade items: new labels appear each year. But dressing a child is not always easy! Fashion is first and foremost a social phenomenon and children also care about what they wear.

Through a trajectory that is both thematic and chronological, this new exhibition casts its eye on current fashion in the light of children’s wear since 1820.

By delving into its collections, recently enriched by Belgian items as well as several prestigious loans, the museum raises questions about issues such as construction of gender, the development of mixed or unisex fashion, imitation of adult fashion as well as the growing interest in the luxury industry for kids. More than just a fashion exhibition, Kidorama tells the story of the place of the child and the development of his/her personality within our society.

An exhibition to enjoy through children’s eyes!

For a taste of the exhibition, take a look at our visitor’s guide

The exhibition is of course aimed at adults but also at children, discover all the activities of the museum for this unique exhibition.

Via silhouettes taken from the museum’s collections, the exhibition traces the main periods in the history of children’s fashion.  A sweeping fresco covering 200 years of history provides an opportunity of revisiting some common perceptions. Therefore, in the history of fashion, it often appears that children are dressed like miniature adults, with their clothing serving as a source of pride for their parents, a sign of their wealth and social status. But there are many examples that qualify this idea.


Images courtesy of Fashion and Lace Museum, Brussels