The Great War in Costume

Exploring women's role in the First World War through items of their clothing.

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

Women’s fashion changed drastically during the First World War as they took on ‘men’s work’. Standards dictating what was acceptable for a woman to wear no longer applied, and the corset disappeared as trousers instead became the norm.

This exhibition explores how women’s lives and roles were revolutionised during the conflict and the way this influenced the clothing they adopted. Included are examples of official uniforms and civilian dress, as well as costumes from the television series Downton Abbey.

Venue details

Fashion Museum Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath Somerset BA1 2QH 01225 477789

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £8)

​Daily, 10.30am  4pm (until 5pm Mar – Oct)

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