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Womens’ 1940s Fashion with Nicole Jenkins

Join popular fashion historian and author Nicole Jenkins for this session on ladies’ fashions of this most interesting of decades, the 1940s.

Sartorially, the ‘40s were more challenging and creative than most decades: World War 2 brought clothing restrictions and took the menfolk away to fight. It brought ‘Siren Suits’ and utilitarian fashion. Separates and trousers became every-day items for women who tied their long hair up in scarves and snoods. ‘Make do and mend’ was all the rage, as women innovated what they could find into the latest fashions, repurposing war materials like parachutes and maps into wedding trousseaus.

Excess and extravagance were frowned upon but glamour was still a necessity, to give ‘our boys’ something to return home to, and to inspire the women working the stations in their absence. Wearing red lipstick was even framed as your ‘patriot duty’.

Wednesday 21 April, 7pm-8pm


Participants will be emailed the link to the session on the day of the event.

Suitable for adults and teens aged 16 and over. Free event and bookings are essential.

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