Peter Pan Collars: Country Styles--France

Figure 1.--This little French boy photographed in the early 1950s wears a blouse with a Peter Pan collar. These collars were very commin from about 1940-60. These collars were also used on rompers and smocks. Typic French boy collar 1940-1960. Notice the hair style in fashion after World War II. It was called a " cran ".

We do not yet have detailed information on the chronological trends of the Peter Pan collar in France. We do not know when it first appeared or who introduced it. Our information on the 19th century is very limited. The Peter Pan collar by the turn of the 20th century appears to have been a popular style. Acreader writes, "In France it appears that Peter Pan collars were worn by older boys longer than in the United States." This could well be correct. HBC does not yet have a large enough French archive to assess the photographic record. We notice being worn on a range of boys clothing, both dressy outfits and play styles. The Peter Pan collar (col Claudine or col rond) was one of the most popular styles for younger French boys in the 20th century. A French reader repoers, "The col Claudine seems to have been a very popular style with French mothers. It was widely used on blouses, but less commonly on shirts. Here we see a younger French boy wearing a blouse with a Peter Pan collar in the earlly 1950s (figure 1). We note an unidentified boy wearing a blouse with a Peter Pan collar in the late 1930s. Peter Pan collars were also used on other garments such as rompers and smocks.


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