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The liberation women experienced during the First World War is explored through items of clothing.

The First World War transformed the lives of British women irrevocably. More than one million were deployed into work, taking up jobs in munitions factories and on the buses, driving ambulances and ‘manning’ the London Underground. Not only did these new responsibilities give women new freedoms, they also prompted a dramatic change in style; tight corsets and heavy skirts were no longer practical, and a more natural approach to clothing design emerged.

This exhibition brings together wartime fashion from Manchester Art Gallery’s renowned costume collection with new pieces created by contemporary stars Vivienne Westwood and Roksanda Ilincic that pay homage to women’s dress during this landmark era.

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL

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