Great War Fashion

Great War Fashion

Tales From the History Wardrobe

eBook - 2013
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The story of World War I women as told through their changing wardrobes, from silk stockings to factory wear. We often talk of "stepping into someone else's shoes." Walking back in time a century ago, which shoes would they be? A pair of silk sensations costing thousands of pounds designed by Yantonnay of Paris, or heavy wooden clogs with metal cleats that spark on the cobbles of a factory yard? Would your shoes be heavy with mud from trudging along duckboards between the tents of a frontline hospital, or stuck with tufts of turf from a soccer pitch? This history follows the revolution in women's lives and aspirations during the second decade of the 20th century, as reflected in costume and appearance. The book opens the wardrobe in the years before the outbreak of war to explore the contrast between the stiff, mono-bosomed ideal of Edwardian womanhood and the gossamer gowns draped round her. It examines such contradictions as suffragettes battling social and legal restrictions while fashion literally hobbles women with narrow skirts and thigh-length corsets.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : The History Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780750956772
Branch Call Number: 391.2094 Ad
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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The changing fashions during World War I, which reflected the change in people's occupations, culture, and lives, is the subject of this interesting book.

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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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