Fashion In The 1940s by Jayne ShrimptonFashion In The 1940s by Jayne Shrimpton

Fashion In The 1940s

byJayne Shrimpton

Paperback | October 21, 2014

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This book reveals the impact of wartime on British fashion, how a spirit of utility, make-do and mend unleashed a whole new creativity among Britain's women starved of high fashion by rationing. Many of these home dressmakers copied the high-end looks. Women doing war work created new street fashion looks. It also shows how world war shifted the centre of the international fashion from Paris to New York and established a casual American style for British women and men. Finally, we see the re-birth of Paris fashion in Dior's New Look and a new glamour.
Jayne Shrimpton is a professional dress historian and portrait specialist with an MA in the History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She has many years' experience analysing historical images and is well known for her dress history and photograph books, magazine articles, lectures and photo dating eve...
Title:Fashion In The 1940sFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 8.33 × 5.89 × 0.21 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0747813531

ISBN - 13:9780747813538


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is one of the Shire publications so it is a rather small book but packed with wonderful information about 1940's fashions in Britain. Very well done.
Date published: 2018-02-16

Table of Contents

Introduction / Dressed for War / Restricted Fashion / Keeping Up Appearances / Bridal Wear / Post-war Style / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index

Editorial Reviews

"While the war may have been over by the mid-40s, this work makes clear that its effect on fashion far outlasted the duration, as shortages persisted into the early 1950s. The 'Make Do and Mend' campaign is highlighted, along with the influence of war-time jobs on women's fashion and the innovative ways women 'made do.' Men's fashion receives short shrift, ostensibly as most men were in uniform. The text is clear and concise, flows logically, and there are an appropriate number of illustrations, both color and black and white. Definitely worth the small price tag for those interested in Great Britain's war-era fashions." -Historical Novel Society"What I like most about this book is it is bite size yet packed with detail. It can fit in your (vintage) bag and be easily read on the train or with a slice of cake. The author clearly knows her stuff and decribes the era with authority and passion." -Kate Beavis, author of Style Your Modern Vintage Home