"The Great War. Refugees from Antwerp, Belgium, bringing a painting into safety. Belgium, 1914;
I have taken liberty to the second World War and its war time fashion. It seems frivolous to talk about fashion in times of hardship, yet, fashion provided the spirit to fight and stay on top of all adversity, it meant all was not lost, even when times were hard,
Women walk down a London street during the Second World War in 1941.
Garments were rationed in Europe at the time of the second world war. Clothing coupons had to be carefully spend for garments which were practical and usable for all seasons.
The war disrupted fashion in many ways, resources and materials for civilian clothing was very limited. Purchase tax and rationing was introduced, but women were resourceful and created their own fashion.
Handbag with a gas mask compartment.
Wartime 'onesies' for the air raid shelter
A woman's all-in-one garment, nicknamed the 'siren suit'.
The 'siren suit' was an all-in-one garment which could be pulled on quickly over night clothes if the wearer had to escape to an outdoor air raid shelter. A practical drop down panel is attached to the rear so the wearer could visit the lavatory without removing the whole garment. Siren suits were a popular wartime trend.