Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style
From 'onesies' to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.
This exhibition explores how men and women found new ways to dress as clothes rationing took hold. Displays of original clothes from the era, including military uniforms and functional fashion, reveal what life was really like on the home front in wartime Britain.
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“A new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum celebrates the ingenuity, determination, and just plain battiness of the attempts by the stylish to get around rationing and shortages of everything from knicker elastic to buttons”.
Maev Kennedy, The Guardian
“Quite simply, it’s unmissable”.
Talks and Events
Daily, Saturday 28 May-Thursday 30 June (excluding 14-15 June)
Available to Fashion on the Ration ticket holders, join our closer look tour to discover revealing stories of how fashion and style were maintained and even flourished during the Second World War.