Fashionable Childhood © GAUDEAMUS Helsinki University Press
Fashionable Childhood © GAUDEAMUS Helsinki University Press

Annamari Vänskä is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she will be giving a guest lecture on October 2, 2012, entitled Fashionable childhood - Children in Fashion advertising (739 Kb) . 

-Children's clothes and representations of children raise strong emotions in adults. Many have clear ideas of what kind of clothes are suitable for children and which expose them to abuse, Annamari Vänskä says.

According to her our culture is defined by a potent dichotomy, where children on the one hand are being treated as small costumers by the fashion industry and on the other hand are seen as childlike and innocent.

Annamari Vänskä, PhD is a scholar of visual culture, who works as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, in Sweden.  

Svante Emanuelli


Facts and links

Read more about Annamari Vänskä newly released book Fashionable Childhood.

Read more about Annamari Vänskä's research on her personal web site and on the Centre for Fashion Studies' web site.

She has recently curated the “Boutique Exhibition – where art meets fashion” that opened in Helsinki in August 2012. Read the article Art meets fashion in Helsinki exhibition.