Great War Fashion

Great War Fashion

Tales From the History Wardrobe

Book - 2013
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Publisher: Stroud, Gloucestershire : The History Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780752493480
Branch Call Number: 391.20941 ADLIN
Characteristics: 247 p. : ill. ; 27 cm


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Oct 25, 2014

I suspected that Great War Fashion might be aimed at the crowd who watch Downton Abbey for the costumes. It is that and so much more. Each chapter explores a different aspect of women’s fashion of the time, looking at class (comparing couture and status accessories for the few to everyday clothes for ordinary women), occupation (suffragettes, maids, nurses, munitionettes, textile workers, knitting and sewing club members, land workers, women in uniform) and occasion (weddings, pregnancy, air raids, mourning). In each case, fashion is a jumping off point to describe how real women lived their lives … and how clothing helped, hindered or evolved. Adlington connects extensive research from varied sources and uses lots of period photos and illustrations to exhibit the points.

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