Women's Simplicity Coverall pattern, circa 1942-45. During the war, women worked outside the home in record numbers. As many worked with heavy machinery in factory settings, a practical, washable coverall was a common uniform. Whether intended for work-wear or practical day-dress, this pattern clearly demonstrates the overriding themes of the World War II years: practical austerity and unity of purpose.
Models On Bond Street, London, 1942 The wartime look in Britain became much more austere as the years went by. This was the first collection of Utility Dresses for Women, designed by Norman Hartnell in 1942, and showcased on a very quiet Bond Street.
There's something about this photograph of WWII working women, looking happy, strong, united and purposeful. This may have been for the first time in American history where women felt so empowered and responsible for holding down the fort. That may just be why it appeals to me. Photo by Ewing Galloway ~
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