With the late arrival of spring, we’ve been thinking about fashion in the GSR lately. When liberated from winter outerwear, boots and sweaters, we gravitate towards summer clothing – often neglecting to realize that spring mornings can be quite cool and wet.
As for me, I’ve been pondering the “Juvenile Collar Question” posed by Berlin’s Williams, Greene and Rome shirt makers. I came across this booklet in the collection and have been enchanted by the idea that children’s collars could actually be a pressing fashion issue. Popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, children’s collars served to dress up an outfit and allowed for expression of style or status. Williams, Green and Rome, a clothing factory in Berlin, produced this booklet to advertise its products.
I was also fascinated by the multitude of traditional collar styles available for boys in their catalogue.
Be sure to stop by the GSR to see our “Spring into Fashion” display. Many thanks go to my colleague, Karen, for her creative interpretation of Kitchener style!