Clothing Childhood, Fashioning Society

The Pasold Research Fund, which owes its existence to the success of the Ladybird brand of children’s wear under the direction of Eric Pasold OBE, opens a new field of textile research in the
Thursday 17th-Friday 18th January 2008
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
10am-5:30pm Thursday, 10am-4pm Friday

Until now, studies of contemporary clothing and textiles have focussed on adults and ‘youth’, while studies of children’s wear have concentrated on the Victorian and earlier eras. This is the first conference to examine the twentieth century – a period of unprecedented social, economic and technological change – through the material culture of childhood. What do children’s clothes and textiles, the fortunes of the industriy and companies that produced them, and the childhoods they fashioned say about society in our time?
Conference contact Dr Kaori O’Connor k.o’
Pasold contact: Professor Pat Hudson, Director, Pasold Fund

Keynote Speaker
Fashion for Whom? Display, Ambiguity and the Performing Child
Professor Daniel Thomas Cook (Rutgers-Camden University, USA)
Author of The Commodification of Childhood
Dr Clare Rose (University of Brighton)
Democratic Design and Edwardian Children’s Clothing
Dr Katrina Honeyman (University of Leeds)
Suits for the Boys: The Leeds Multiple Tailors and the Making of Boy’s Wear 1900-1940.
Dr Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich)
Class, Childhood and Clothing: Puritanism, Pleasure and Home Production in
Professional Families, 1900-1975.
Noreen Marshall (V&A Museum of Childhood)
Bargains for the Kiddies: Children’s Clothing from Selfridges Bargain Basement, 1925-1935
Professor Stanley Chapman (University of Nottingham)
Pasolds Limited, 1930-1970: The Strategies of the Leading British Manufacturer of Children’s Wear.
Dr Kaori O’Connor (University College London)
Ladybird and the ‘Golden Age’ of British Childhood
Dr Bramwell Rudd (Formerly with Courtaulds Textiles Plc)
Manufacturing and Distributing Children’s Wear in a Changing Retail Scene, 1970-2000.
Dr Hilary Young (University of Manchester)
Clothes and the Modern Boy and Girl: Fashion Pages in Girl and the
Boy’s Own Paper in the 1950s and 1960s
Alison Carter (Hampshire County Council Museums and Archives)
From the Liberty Bodice to the 28AA Bra: Revealing Stories in the Girls’ ‘Underwear Department’, 1908-2000.
Anna Konig (London College of Fashion)
Home-made Children’s Clothing since 1945: From Items of Necessity to Objects of Desire.
Pennie Alfrey (University of Loughborough)
Little Devils Wear Denim: Fabricating Childhood
Hilary Davidson (Museum of London)
The Children’s Clothing Collections at the Museum of London
Professor Alison J. Clarke (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)
Brand Values: Clothing the Second-Hand Designer Child in the late 20th Century
Professor Sandy Black (Prof of Fashion & Textiles Design & Technology, London College of Fashion)
Home Knitting for Children: Fashioned with Love
Ann Wise (Warner Textile Archive)
Knitting for Janet and John: 1920-1960
Researching Children’s Clothing & New Directions
The EMAP archive at the London College of Fashion
Textile Museum, Cholet France and their Children’s Clothing Project
Conference fee £25 (£15 student/unwaged) to include lunch both days, drinks and buffet reception Thursday night. Cheques payable to The Pasold Research Fund. Please send with booking form to Professor Pat Hudson, HISAR, Cardiff University, Humanities Building, Colum Road, Cardiff CF10 3EU.