Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

IWM North

27 May 2016 – 1 May 2017

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Exploring the resilient spirit of the Home Front through fashion.

This exhibition reveals the new ways Brits found to dress as rationing took hold during the Second World War. From symbols of the newly emancipated female work force in the shape of Land Girl britches, to siren suits and demob clothing, this show identifies both the efforts of the government to implement austerity and the creative ingenuity of retailers and individuals.

Among the more eccentric items are a bracelet made from aircraft components and a lingerie set constructed from RAF silk maps, designed for Countess Mountbatten.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Closed 24, 25, and 26 Dec 

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