Continuing interest in life on the Home Front during the Second World War means that the style of the 1940s has never been more popular. People are recreating the look for plays and films, re-enactments, 1940s themed events, or just because they enjoy dressing in vintage fashions. "The 1940s Look" tells you everything you need to know about the fashions of wartime Britain and the impact that rationing, the Utility scheme, changing tastes and the demands of everyday life had on the styles people wore. People had to 'Make Do and Mend' - with varying degrees of ingenuity and success. Hair styles, glasses, jewellery, and tattoos were essential in creating your own fashion statement. Women's magazines advised readers on the difficulties of dressing growing children, offered instructions for making clothes and accessories, and hosted debate over whether by dressing up, women were helping or hindering the war effort. Thoroughly researched and lavishly illustrated, "The 1940s Look" tells you how civilian men, women and children dressed - and why they looked the way they did during the Second World War. It draws on contemporary sources including government advice, periodicals and books, and benefits from an entertaining narrative by author Mike Brown.
Mike Brown was Head of History in a London School and is an author, broadcaster and authority on the fashions of the forties and fifties. He is the author of 'The 1940s Look', 'The 1950s Look' (Sabrestorm) and has to date written many books on wartime Britain. Mike lives in South London and having retired from teaching now works full-time writing, giving talks and doing research.
Clothes Introduction 1 Men 3 Women 11 Children 29 Rationing 39 Make Do and Mend 45 Accessories Shoes 58 Socks & Stockings 63 Hats 67 Gloves 73 Belts 74 Bags & baskets 75 Umbrellas & suitcases 77 Torches & Gas masks 78 Spectacles 81 Jewellery 83 Hair Styles Women 91 Men 103 Make-up 107 The Figure 119 Appendix - Price Guide 127 Bibliography 132 Index 133