Tuesday 13 August 2019

The vintage makeover

The vintage makeover

Inspired by IWM's collections, the brilliant Spirit of Britain share their tips on how to create an authentic1940s look, just in time for Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.

Dust off your sports jackets, shake out your tea dresses and get yourself down to the event to be in with the chance of winning a 'best dressed' prize!

Find out how to get a classic 1940s hair and make-up look in our video tutorials

More fashion inspiration from the 1940s

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Wartime Fashion
What To Wear To A Wartime Wedding
Rationing, restrictions and the uncertainty of the Second World War were just some of the challenges faced by couples marrying in wartime. But despite wartime privations, these couples made their big days special with help of families, friends and their communities. 
Women walk down a London street during the Second World War in 1941.
Fashion
How Clothes Rationing Affected Fashion In The Second World War
Clothes were rationed in Britain from 1 June 1941. This limited the amount of new garments people could buy until 1949, four years after the war's end. Despite the limitations imposed by rationing, clothing retailers sought to retain and even expand their customer base during the Second World War.
two young boys dressed in school uniform. The boy on the left is smiling and wearing a uniform that fits him well. The image on the right appears to be the same boy but a little older and taller, wearing the same school uniform. He appears miserable as the uniform is far too small for him. text: Plan ahead allow for growing.
Wartime Fashion
8 Facts about Clothes Rationing in Britain During the Second World War
The imposition of clothes rationing was announced by Oliver Lyttleton, President of the Board of Trade, on 1 June 1941. Making the announcement just before a Bank Holiday allowed the Board of Trade time to brief retailers before the shops reopened.