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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday...a little light;





“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” 
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice



Early morning in the garden, silence, the first birds have already noisily greeted the day, now the morning sun plays and moves with patterns and lights. Ts

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Sepia Saturday 328; 30.April 2016/ war and fashion;



"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.
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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.
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Wartime 'onesies' for the air raid shelter

A woman's all-in-one garment, nicknamed the 'siren suit'.
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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.

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Courtesy; http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-clothes-rationing-affected-fashion-in-the-second-world-war