Japanese parents had thought that their children were save virtually anywhere.
I would be very interested in your reaction to this series of essays and would invite you to contribute further essays addressing aspects of boys' clothing not yet addressed.
Any website dealing with boys' clothing should include an assessment of boyhood.
Whatever is currently considered formal wear, there is a space opened up for something a little less formal, often with a comfy name (dinner jacket, lounge suit, sports jacket).
The very most formal clothes will be the most old-fashioned, and will be reserved for the most august occasions. For instance, the last people to give up wearing top hats were diplomats and stage magicians.
Just what were the influences behind the classic historical boys' fashions?
HBC's assessment of Japanese schools would be incomplete without addressing the horendous incidents being reported at the county's vaunted schools.We have tried to encapsulate some of the basic historical tends in boys clothing and the significance of those trends.The various subject pages go into great detail, but somes times it is difficult to see overall tends when looking at specific styles or time periods.The subject arose while looking at the 1800s chronology page.I was unfamiliar with the term "lounge suit", so I looked it up and found that it's a chiefly British term for business suit, dating from 1901.The image they want and the messages to be sent are a departure from centuries of tradition.I find it interesting how the process of informalization in clothing works.This was seen by the Japanese to be a problem in violence-plagued America, not their own safe society. A major need here at HBC is to explore the rise in prominence of children as a distinct market sector in the economy.This assessment has to looking at the social construction of childhood and the evolution of the parent/child relationship.The last serious use of top hats that I recall was JFK's inauguration in 1961.As it becomes impossible for the most formal outfit to be worn without generating laughter, the second most formal outfit takes its place; this even though that outfit was at one time considered informal.