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.

IWM North

The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ

0161 836 4000


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm
Closed 24, 25, and 26 Dec

Free to all

50% off entry with National Art Pass

Free to all

10% off in café

Valid to 31 December 2019

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