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BEAUTY AS DUTY Textiles on the Homefront in WWII Britain

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BEAUTY AS DUTY Textiles on the Homefront in WWII Britain

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Warehouse find, 2011. Only four copies available. The British experience during and after WWII was quite different from that of Americans. From the fall of 1940 through the spring of 1941, Britain was subjected to relentless bombing in a terror campaign known as the Blitz. Even after the Allied victory, Britain continued to suffer shortages of everyday supplies, and rationing of both food and clothing continued. This book accompanied the 2011 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It looks at ways that textiles were put into service on Britain’s Home Front in the 1940s. Mass-produced “utility” clothes had to conform to strict government regulations, yet managed to be fashionable. Colorful scarves printed with motifs relating to British life during and after the War—many by the high-end London textile firm Jacqmar—were a practical way to spruce up a look. Utility dresses and propaganda scarves showed how fashion could be used as a powerful weapon to maintain morale in challenging and austere times. As New.

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The British experience during and after WWII was quite different from that of Americans. From the fall of 1940 through the spring of 1941, Britain was subjected to relentless bombing in a terror campaign known as the Blitz. Even after the Allied victory, Britain continued to suffer shortages of everyday supplies, and rationing of both food and clothing continued. This book accompanied the 2011 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It looks at ways that textiles were put into service on Britain’s Home Front in the 1940s. Mass-produced “utility” clothes had to conform to strict government regulations, yet managed to be fashionable. Colorful scarves printed with motifs relating to British life during and after the War—many by the high-end London textile firm Jacqmar—were a practical way to spruce up a look. Utility dresses and propaganda scarves showed how fashion could be used as a powerful weapon to maintain morale in challenging and austere times.

During a decade of extreme hardship, rationing and deprivation in Britain, beauty (in measured amounts) was not frivolous, it was a patriotic duty.

The objects featured are gifts and promised gifts to the Museum from the collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. Mr. Sharf’s passion for wartime London began in 1952, when he volunteered as a teenager in London’s East End, an area especially hard hit by the Blitz. There he witnessed firsthand the resilience of the British people—a theme that resonates in the scarves and fashions presented in the exhibition.

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Item Code BDTHWBH
Publisher Huff Sharf
Publish Date 2011
ISBN 978093957300
Condition As New.
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 80pg
Color Partial Color
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