Dresses for boys in the 19th century

In the 19th century boys wear dresses. Why?
Does anyone know the answer to the question?
Perhaps the answer lies in the memoirs of F. Yusupov, where he wrote the following: "Wearing me, my mother was expecting a daughter, and baby pink stitched dowry. My mother was disappointed and, to be comforted, to five years girl dressed me. I'm not upset, and even, on the contrary, was proud ».

Photo Tsarevich Alexei

and dress like a boy in 1855.

And his father.

Maria Feodorovna with her son Niki (Nicholas II) 1870


This tradition has persisted since the mid 16th century and up to about the 1920s.


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