Recreating the Fashions, Hairstyles and Make-up of The Second World War
by Mike Brown
Interest in life on the Home Front during the Second World War means that the style of the 1940s has never been more popular. People are re-creating the look for plays and films, re-enactments, 1940’s themed events, or just because they enjoy dressing in vintage fashions.
The 1940s Look tells you everything you need to know about the fashions of wartime and the impact that rationing, the Utility scheme, changing tastes and the demands of everyday life had on the styles people wore.
People had to ‘Make Do and Mend’ – with varying degrees of ingenuity and success. Hairstyles, glasses, jewellery, and tattoos were essential in creating your own fashion statement. Women’s magazines advised readers on the difficulties of dressing growing children, offered instructions for making clothes and accessories, and hosted debate over whether by dressing up, women were helping or hindering the War Effort.
Full colour throughout
160+ photographs & illustrations