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Dressing for Austerity: Aspiration, Leisure and Fashion in Post-War Britain

Biddle-Perry, Geraldine (2016) Dressing for Austerity: Aspiration, Leisure and Fashion in Post-War Britain. Dress Cultures . I.B.Tauris, London. ISBN 9781780766287

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Biddle-Perry, Geraldine

The critical impetus of this study is to explore the period between 1944 and 1951 on its own terms, as a critical tipping point in British society embodied in distinctive ‘Austerity’ fashions and shifting style trends. This study is not another generic political history of austerity, nor does it narrowly focus on a discrete category of analysis such as gender or class, nor is it a month-by-month account of the legislative mechanics of wartime and post-war clothing controls and de-controls. Rather, the political dimensions of fashionable desire and its discipline are set against a contemporary climate of post-war idealism. Affordable fashions and popular style trends, and access to leisure and the time and money to enjoy it, combined to function as totemic symbols of change that impelled new strategies of government intervention and consumer agency.

Official Website: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/dressing-for-austerity-9781780766287/
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: I.B.Tauris
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 2016
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 14:06
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 11:59
Item ID: 8848
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8848

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