Suiting children for institutions: the development, calibration and stabilization of the one-piece snowsuit

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

    Abstrakt

    This article presents a study of the design history of the snowsuit as a product type and explores the constitutive factors in its development. To shed light on the snowsuit as a designed object, the study draws on Actor-network theory (ANT), particularly work linking ANT to design. The study focuses on the Finnish company Reima, which has been a leading producer of children’s wear in the Nordic region since the 1960s. The article traces the development of the one-piece snowsuit from a marginal product type, whose use was advised against because it was seen as hindering children’s freedom of movement, to the ubiquitous position it holds in Nordic pre-school children’s wardrobe today. Innovations in textile technology play a prominent role in this development, as does the emergence of a new configuration of use, characterized by working mothers and institutionalized children, which has increased the demand for garments that are practical, robost and easy-care. The article argues that the snowsuit is essentially a technique for making children more ‘suitable’ for institutions and links the snowsuit to a broader movement towards the rationalisation of family life in the welfare state.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftJournal of Design History
    Vol/bind35
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)1-15
    ISSN0952-4649
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - mar. 2022

    Emneord

    • Childhood, Clothing, functionality, fashion, material culture, ANT, Script Analysis

    Fingeraftryk

    Dyk ned i forskningsemnerne om 'Suiting children for institutions: the development, calibration and stabilization of the one-piece snowsuit'. Sammen danner de et unikt fingeraftryk.

    Citationsformater