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Beauty & the Blitz - WWII Fashion

Dirix, Emmanuelle (2010) Beauty & the Blitz - WWII Fashion. In: Under Attack - Lecture series, 7/12/2010, London Transport Museum.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Dirix, Emmanuelle

From the website of the London Transport Museum:

During Word War II rationing and later the government's utility scheme meant everyone had to tighten their belts. Fashion and design historian, Emmanuelle Dirix will explain that, far from being put on the back burner, beauty and fashion practices became much more inventive and were encouraged through the government's make-do-and-mend campaign. Despite strict regulations and 'fashion rations' people still maintained style. New austerity fashion items such as trousers and wedge sole shoes, along with hats - which were unrationed, provided an opportunity to update looks, whilst old blankets and curtains took on new roles as coats and dresses. This illustrated talk, will include archive propaganda film footage of the make-do-and-mend campaign, and will show how the Second World War and the utility style made fashion more accessible to the masses, and explain how New York became one of the world's leading style centres as a result of the occupation of Paris.

Official Website: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/past-events/301-past-events-under-attack
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 7 December 2010
Event Location: London Transport Museum
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 17:51
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2014 17:51
Item ID: 6338
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6338

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