Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Fashion on the Ration


The Fashion on The Ration exhibition is currently being held at the Imperial war museum in London. I waited to see the exhibition until I had finished reading the companion book-
I truly did enjoy reading this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in war time fashions. This book covers England exclusively but there is a great deal of information there. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about the uniform of different women's organisations as well as the make do and mend portion. 

There were not many images included in the book which I found odd as fashion is extremely visual and difficult to describe well but I battled through it. Many of the garments mentioned in the book were featured in the exhibition so it was very helpful to see things in real life. I found the authors writing style easy to follow and she often made me laugh.


Although a small exhibition it is definitely worth a visit. As a sewing enthusiast I like to get up close and personal with the little details, if you know what I mean. I left no pocket , collar or seam unscrutinized. It is those small details that I really like to inspect closely as they are what can make or break reproductions for me. 


 I was very surprised that war time fashion was so very colourful. I had assumed that frumpy and dowdy would be the norm but No! Colour, Colour, Colour galore!


I wore my 40's Horrocks house coat with brogues and camel wool coat for what I hoped would be an era appropriate look.


 I tried to do an early war Veronica Lake peekaboo hairstyle that worked out well until the London drizzle decided to wage war with my bouncy curls.


The collar is one of my favourite details of this dress, so very elegant!


When I bought this dress, one of the buttons was missing, but I was fortunate enough to find white Bakelite buttons on Etsy that were the perfect match. This literally never ever happens to me- small miracles!!!


 I tried out seamed stockings with a garter belt that was slightly too big- safe to say it was an absolute disaster, won't be wearing that again!

I had a brilliant time at the exhibition, and always love an excuse to get dressed up, plus I learnt something new. 

XOXO 

Christina


11 comments:

  1. For a second I thought we might be dress twins, we *almost* are! I received a dress just like this in the mail today (also yellow) only mine doesn't have pockets and has tiny polkadots - it's very similar though :D Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, so glad that I could find your blog and start following it!

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing your yellow dress! I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  2. You look gorgeous - the drizzle didn't ruin your curls at all! Very Veronica. I wouldn't have really thought of the 40s and lots of colour in the same bracket either, but perhaps that's because you see so many photos etc in black and white ;)

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    1. Your soo right about the black and white images, they really make for a drab image in my mind!

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  3. cute lemon coloured dress ... I really would love to see this exhibition ... but as it is too far away from Berlin - I will order the book.

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    1. You won't regret buying the book, it is a great read!

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  4. I'm so pleased I've stumbled upon your blog! You are very becoming, might I say! I'm also glad you posted about this show, my husband and I and our boys live in kingsclere six months out of the year and I'll definitely be going to this exhibition. I look forward to another post of yours! Delightful!

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  5. Thank you Krystle, I hope you enjoy the exhibition, there are great things there to keep boys entertained- planes, tanks, motorbikes- and a fab gift shop!!!

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  6. Ooohh, you wonderfully lucky lady, you!!! There is no other exhibition in the whole wide world this year that I've caught wind of, that I wish could attend more. Hopefully the book can be bought online and I can enjoy a slice of it that way.

    I love this fun, cheerful outfit and how gorgeous lemon yellow looks on you. How cool that you found matching buttons to replace the missing one. Don't you just love it when the vintage powers that be smile fortuitously on you like that?

    Sending tons of hugs & happy weekend wishes your way,
    ♥ Jessica

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  7. I am very fortunate to live in London where the vintage community thrives. I am trying to take advantage of all the wonderful things to do near by this year as other years I have missed out. I could not believe that I found the matching buttons, I'm still flabbergasted by my luck!

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  8. hello Christina...Great! this yellow dress...the stockings...the hair-style...Wow...so charming!
    greetings

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