Wartime fashion

Autumn 1942, England - Suit from the Utility Collection by the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers for the Board of Trade - Scottish woollen tweed

Skirt suit

Autumn 1942, England - Suit from the Utility Collection by the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers for the Board of Trade - Scottish woollen tweed

40s Wartime Sweetheart Tea Dress - Fashion 1930s, 1940s & 1950s style - vintage reproduction

40s Wartime Sweetheart Tea Dress - Fashion 1930s, 1940s & 1950s style - vintage reproduction

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.

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.

1940s Fashion: Iconic Looks And The Women Who Made Them Famous

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.

vintage pinny. Our neighbour always wore one of these and it was often covered in flour as she was an enthusiastic baker. Her house always smelled wonderful.

vintage pinny. Our neighbour always wore one of these and it was often covered in flour as she was an enthusiastic baker. Her house always smelled wonderful.

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 ~

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 ~

A British sentry cuts a lonely picture as he stands at his post at sunrise in France, March 1915

World War One realities pictured: 30 emotive images

A British sentry cuts a lonely picture as he stands at his post at sunrise in France, March 1915

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