Wartime fashion

Geraldine Howell

From Haute Couture to homemade, 1939 - 1945.

As lives were changed by the conditions of war, dress continued to reflect important visual narratives regarding class, gender and taste that would impact significantly on public consciousness of equality, fairness and morale. Wartime Fashion clarifies how and why clothing was rationed, and repositions style and design during the war in relation to past expectations and ideas about clothes and fabrics. The book explores the impact of war on the dress and appearance of civilian British women of all classes in the context of changing social and economic infrastructures created by the national emergency. 

Soft cover, black & white photographs, 249 pages.