Kids love costumes

Costumes are great and can serve as an avenue for children to investigate and role-play. For example, children may dress up like certain characters from history or movies, like pirates, princesses or superheroes. They may also dress in uniforms worn in everyday jobs, like a police officers or nurse, or as a zoo or farm animal. Generally, young boys tend to lean towards costumes that backup stereotypical beliefs of being male and young girls are more apt to like costumes that back up stereotypical beliefs of being female.

It’s a well known fact that kids simply love costumes. I think it’s just the idea of being able to play dress up, be creative and pretend you’re something else that attracts them. Beneath the cowboy hat and princess crown, we have some very serious business going on and your children are learning skills that they will keep with them for their entire life.

I have heard of children as young as 2 being replaced by certain animals, princesses and superhero’s. Louise Bates Ames, who in an amazing pioneering child psychologist explains that when it comes to dress-up children’s first love and there “very favorite object,” is shoes. But why is that you might ask? It is because kids feel grown-up and important when they put shoes on and they can be slipped on an off in a matter of seconds. What convenience! Shoes also have so much variety such as laces and bows etc. and I think that’s also a draw for kids.

Children gain so much valuable experience when they play dress-up and pretend to walk in other people’s shoes. Recent studies have actually shown that children who participated in role-play actually had more empathy then kids who never played dress-up growing up. At a recent wedding hosted by an Edmonton Wedding DJ, the bride and groom wanted everyone to dress up in their favorite superhero costume. The idea was certainly unique but it was a hit with the friends and family that attended the celebration.

My little sister who is now twelve still decks herself up and parades around the house in the biggest hats and dresses she can possibly find. I even still like to dress-up. I actually think all of us do. We need to give into the kid in us sometimes and don a new identity even if it’s only for one night.

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Costume – A word with more meaning than you think

The greatest mystery of life is who we truly are.  Costumes and masks have allowed people for centuries to be someone or something else and conceal their outward identity. The word costume is defined as the unique style of dress of a group or person that portrays their gender, class, profession, ethnicity, nationality and activity. The word costume actually originates from the Italian word meaning custom or fashion.

People used to use the term costume to describe common place clothing they wore for particular actives such as a horseback riding costume or a dance costume. However, now a days this general usage has been slowly exchanged by the terms “dress” or “clothes” and using the word “costume” has become more reflective of out-of-date clothing and used to show a change in identity like in a theater setting, during Halloween, and the like.

I find it so interesting to note that before we had these huge warehouses that manufactured our generic clothing it all used to be made by hand. In the beginning of the 20th century women were running businesses that handmade intricate female corsetry and detailed hats. The women that created these beautiful handcrafted pieces were actually called “costumiers.”

When people think of the word costume they usually don’t think of National costume or something that expresses and highlights a certain cultures special features. I really do think the word costume deserves respect and realization that is does represent a source of a nations pride and or beliefs. Some good examples would be the beautiful flamenco dress worn by Spanish women or the Scottish kilt.

Then we have “costume” referring to a certain style of dress that is worn to represent a character or sort of character during a theatrical performance in film, TV, or stage play. If a certain element of a character needs to be exaggerated then some specialized theatrical costumes can be used like Harlequin.

Of course all throughout history we know that people wear certain costumes for religious festivals, parades, sporting events and parties and many other special events.

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