Posted by Ken on March 09, 1998 at 12:47:06:
In response to WWII's effect on fashion, written by Lois on March 09, 1998 at 04:32:30
] Surely when women were recruited to play a part in production plants and factories while the men were at war, of necessity they had greater freedom as well as greater responsibilities. The clothing of the time reflected the changes in their work and personal lives, as well as an unprecedented masculinity (the introduction of trousers and padded shoulders).
Women were first recruited into the war factories in WWI. So if your hypothesis holds up, I would expect an extension of the analysis to that earlier period. In a purely social (as opposed to fashion) sense it does: the final breakthrough of women's suffrage in the US and UK stems from the observation that trusting women to make munitions but not to vote "sensibly" was downright idiotic.
- The Roaring Twenties Carolyn B 17:21:53 3/09/98 (0)
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