Great War Fashion : Tales from the History Wardrobe, Hardback

Great War Fashion : Tales from the History Wardrobe Hardback



Imagine 'stepping into someone else's shoes'. Walking back in time a century ago, which shoes would they be?

A pair of silk sensations costing thousands of pounds designed by Yantonnay of Paris or wooden clogs with metal cleats that spark on the cobbles of a factory yard?

Will your shoes be heavy with mud from trudging along duckboards between the tents of a frontline hospital...or stuck with tufts of turf from a football pitch?

Will you be cloaked in green and purple, brandishing a 'Votes for Women' banner or will you be the height of respectability, restricted by your thigh-length corset?

Great War Fashion opens the woman's wardrobe in the years before the outbreak of war to explore the real woman behind the stiff, mono-bosomed ideal of the Edwardian Society lady draped in gossamer gowns, and closes it on a new breed of women who have donned trousers and overalls to feed the nation's guns in munitions factories and who, clad in mourning, have loved and lost a whole generation of men. The journey through Great War Fashion is not just about the changing clothes and fashions of the war years, but much more than that - it is a journey into the lives of the women who lived under the shadow of war and were irrevocably changed by it.

At times, laugh-out-loud funny and at others, bringing you to tears, Lucy Adlington paints a unique portrait of an inspiring generation of women, brought to life in rare and stunning images.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 100 black & white illustrations, 100 colour plates
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
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  • Category: History of fashion
  • ISBN: 9780752493480



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