download Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New LookAuthor Jonathan Walford –

Here Is A Definitive Look At Fashion In The S From French Style Under The Occupation And The Make Do And Mend Approach To Wartime Clothing Shortages Through The Development Of Faux Fabrics, The Rise Of American Fashion Houses, And The New Look Of The Post War PeriodThe Illustrations Reveal The Wide Range Of Fashions And Styles From The S In North America, Europe, Australasia, And Japan The Lively Text By Fashion Specialist Jonathan Walford Details How Fashion Was Considered Not A Frivolity But An Aesthetic Expression Of Circumstances In The S While Fascist States Tried To Create National Styles Before The War Began, ByThe Pursuit Of Beauty Was Promoted On Both Sides Of The Conflict As A Patriotic Duty From Prewar To Postwar, We See Attitudes Emerge From Period Advertisements, Images Of Real Clothes, And Firsthand Accounts In Contemporary Publications The Result Is A Celebration Of Everything From Practical And Smart Looking Attire For Air Raids Hooded Capes With Large Pockets And Siren Suits To Street Fashion And The Creation Of Christian Dior S New Look Collection In

10 thoughts on “Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look

  1. says:

    I loved this book, and blazed through it surprisingly fast for a thick nonfiction book 1940s fashion is one of my very favorites.

  2. says:

    This book is a brilliant history of the development of women s clothing during World War II and after Generously illustrated with photos of garments rarely, if ever, seen in any other costume histories, along with a plethora of advertisements, documents, and period photography, it deals with how and why clothing, especially fashionable clothing, was produced during the war Wartime austerity was not limited to England, as the chapters on the wildly different wartime fashion industries of France, Germany, and the US demonstrate.I had never realised that the horrible piles of shoes and rooms of clothing found in Germany after the war were the remnants of looting the wardrobes of the Germans victims for the benefit of the Nazi elites nor how the French fashion industry claimed after the war that its wartime lavish use of fabrics and supplying luxury items to the Nazi elites during the war was actually a patriotic effort to drain resources from the occupying Germans nor that Germany had swing dancing, zoot suited teenage rebels who hated the Nazis and their evil philosophy nor that many German women scorned the official Nazi retro folklore fashions with their dirndls and long blonde braids.From ration books to untouched by Jewish hands labels in German couture to leg makeup and cork soled shoes, this book is a remarkably deep examination of the difficulties and deeper meanings of clothing in wartime, and how people made fashion work regardless.

  3. says:

    A really good look at how WWII affected what women and, to some extent, men wore before, during, and after the war Interesting that Dior s New Look wasn t actually that far removed from where things were heading anyway in 1939 I do wish that this had spent a little time on patterns and home sewing, but I guess that s a topic for another book.

  4. says:

    This is the absolute BEST book on 1940s fashion I ve read so far It doesn t just talk about American or British fashion, but it includes even German Most books focus on one country, which can get kind of boring, so this book is really refreshing Great use of photos, advertisements and actual clothing from the era, it makes it a great experience to go through this book A definite must have for any fan of 1940s fashion or fashion history

  5. says:

    Gorgeous outfits Would love to make some of these outfits.

  6. says:

    Great text, great illustrations.

  7. says:

    Fashion in the world at war A siren suit is something you grab to throw over your nightgown or pajamas while bolting for the air raid shelter.Indeed, there s a lot about the war in here It starts with the late 1930s the Nazi glorification of a healthy, blond, tanned young woman who wore traditional clothes and no make up, and was scorned by high society women, including the wives of high ranking Nazis as Gretchen folk inspired haut couture the last fashion exhibits, with corsets and bustles.But then it s of and into the war Ration books, synthetic fabrics, restrictions on styles to cut down on fabric , and colors for chemicals Lots of interesting tidbits American shoes were limited in colors as much to restrict buying as to save chemicals The difficulties of wooden soled shoes The laws against using parachute fabric it was supposed to be turned into the authorities for investigation The brides who wore their mother s made over wedding gowns, or one of lace luxury item, not subject to ration, but the bride only pulled it off because in WAF, she had been able to save the money , or one collected in the United States for the benefit of British brides Both Great Britain and Germany were exporting materials and clothes for the money entailed Paris s efforts to keep the business going, justified by the need for employment the rest of France had it harder Italian objections to neutral Nordic shades for dreary, snowy cities they needed sun and color The zoot suit as a symbol of unrest, leading to trouble when it was also a symbol of draft resistance How American designers leapt at the chance to avoid French competition.The last chapters cover the period when the war s effects were being shaken off with the New Look, and is much heavily concentrated on fashion that the rest, which is full of fascinating stuff about everyday life Though it mentions that after the hunger of the war years, the models needed padding to fill it out, and it was deliberately heavy with fabric Those who read this solely for the clothes will no doubt like that, too The rest is interesting to anyone interested in World War II stuff.

  8. says:

    I read this in a couple of hours Lots of great photos of forties clothes What really surprised me about this book was that it s really the history of World War II in fashion I knew about the government rationing clothing, but didn t realize they also set regulations regarding designs and construction covering how many yards of fabric could be used, the width of lapels, how many buttons and pockets I also didn t know that Christian Dior, creator of The New Look in 1947, was given financial backing by the largest textile manufacturer in France on the condition that his designs use yards and yards of fabric It all comes down to money and politics, doesn t it

  9. says:

    Heavy on text but well illustrated A comphrensive review of how 40s fashion grew out of the elegant bias cut 30 s and how the full skirted New Look of the 50 s killed it I loved the level of detail in the writing which gave me a much greater appreciation for what my Gran s tweed suits really cost I was particularly entertained by the old advertisements for fashion and recruitment posters.

  10. says:

    I wish I could find books like this Not only does it have beautiful full color photographs which justify the book in and of themselves , it s also a fascinating read While I wish it had delved deeply into the New Look and fashion in the late 1940 s, it s coverage of WWII and its impact was wonderful.