A sailor suit is a uniform traditionally worn by enlisted seamen in the navy, and other government funded sea services. It later developed in to a popular clothing style for children. (...)
In 1846, the four-year-old Albert Edward, Prince of Wales was given a scaled-down version of the uniform worn by ratings on the Royal Yacht. He wore his miniature sailor suit during a cruise off the Channel Islands that September, delighting his mother and the public alike. Popular engravings, including the famous portrait done by Franz Winterhalter, spread the idea, and by the 1870s, the sailor suit had become normal dress for both boys and girls all over the world.
In several East Asian countries, some (predominately girls') primary schools continue to prescribe sailor-themed wear as school uniforms (Sailor fuku). In Japan, this has led to fetishization of such clothing, as witnessed for example by its prominence within manga and anime. Some Western cartoon and comic characters also use a sailor suit as their trademarks; examples include Popeye and Donald Duck. (more...)
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