The exhibition “Children's fashion. 100 years ago” will be opened on September 26 in the gallery “Zagorie” of Moscow City Galleries Network.
There will be 80 rare pictures from family albums provided by the archive of the Moscow house of photography.
The geography of the works presented at the exhibition is extensive – from Mogilev to Vladivostok, and from Arkhangelsk to Baku. Basically, these are cabinet portraits made exclusively for family use. Their authors are ordinary Russian photographers, little-known, unknown and forgotten owners or employees of countless photo studios scattered throughout the vast Russian Empire. There are no inspired artists, but simple masters of their craft. Their works do not claim to be high art, but easily survive their time, becoming invaluable evidence of the culture of a bygone era.
In the photographs, children in clothes of a hundred years ago. Baptismal shirts almost gone, a gymnasium uniform — it changed little over the next hundred years; simple, convenient for work clothes of peasant children, identical chintz dresses of orphanages; lovely laces and bows of girls dressed for a children's ball. The real apotheosis of children's costume is a sailor suit. It is worn by everyone - boys from infants to teenagers, girls from good families, metropolitan residents and provincials.
Each time gives its own role models. At the beginning of the XX century, everything was clear and definite. There were genuine heroes - Russian sailors, there were still real princesses - the great princesses. And the boy can be a hero, and the girl can be a princess, dressing in the appropriate costume, taking photos in an atelier on the main street of their childhood.
Opening: September 26, 18:00, free admission.