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War Fashion: 1940's Textile Rations & Women's Clothing

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From air raid shelter 'onesies' to gas mask leather handbags, ladies fashion was forced evolve under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain. Reinventing new silhouettes and making-do with cheap fabrics, fashion survived – even flourished – in unexpected ways.
War Fashion: 1940's Textile Rations & Women's Clothing

Before the imminent arrival of World War II, British women were fearing the ravages of war on home-front soil. By the Forties, the battle had come to London and touched upon even the most private domain women still owned, their wardrobe. As the bombs and bullets fired on, the fashions of the street in Britain fell in line with the state of the political world. This meant rationing textile fabrics for every woman and limiting the amount of clothing she could buy in one year.

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