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Forties fashion : from siren suits to the new look

Focuses on fashion in the 1940s, offering coverage ranging from French style under the Occupation and the make do and mend mentality, through issues of dress, patriotism and propaganda and the development of faux fabrics and rationing, to the rise of American fashion houses and the creation of Christian Diors New Look.
Print Book, English, 2011
Thames & Hudson, London, 2011
208 p. : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 25 cm
9780500288979, 0500288976
1940s in Vogue • Between the Wars • The World of Tomorrow • Kangaroo Pockets and Siren Suits • Rationing, Utility and Austerity • The Battle for the Capital of Fashion • How America Fared • Zoots and Zazous • Beauty on Duty • Wardrobe • Parachute Brides • Trade, Lease and Loan • Pieces of Resistance • French Style • Fashion Among the Ruins • Post-War Priorities • New Looks
Originally published: 2008