‘Clothes make the man' during the Biedermeier period

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‘Clothes make the man' during the Biedermeier period

The Museum of Children of Baden looks back on 200 years documenting the history of children's clothes.

The exhibition Kleider machen Leute (‘Clothes make the man') focuses on the history of clothes for children, as well as their relationship with the adult world. It begins with the relatively unknown and curious Biedermeier period, which was a time for the restoration of the German states after the Napoleonic period, resulting in a conservative withdrawal into the private sphere. This was the heyday of simple souls whose destiny was one of earthly bliss—domestic happiness—to the melody of a pious Schubert lieder.

Female recreation was confined to manual labour and playing the piano; it was a time of leg-of-mutton sleeves, whalebone corsets, hoop skirts, and horsehair. The male archetype was equally uncomfortable, with Beau Brummel as a model. This was a time when child-rearing principles flourished and clothing specifically for children appeared. And it was also when Christmas came into being as we know it today, with decorated tree, hymns, and presents under the tree.

« Kleider machen Leute »
Schweizer Kindermuseum
Ländliweg 7
5400 Baden

From 9 May 2015 to 31 December 2016


Between 9 and 12 CHF
4 CHF for children

Tuesday to Saturday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.