Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Utility suit by Victor Stiebel?, 1942 London, the V&A Museum
Utility clothing was mass manufactured during WWII, and created in a way that it would sell cheap and use as little fabric as possible (utility cloth) but still be fashionable. Fabrics, of course, were important for the war effort. The Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers for the Board of Trade employed many famous fashion designers, but their names weren’t included on labels. Similar utility programs existed in France. Rationing of cloth existed in the US, although it was not as severe as in the UK and I can’t find any indication that there was a clothing manufacture program.
Day dress by Edward Molyneux?, 1942 London, the V&A Museum
Dresses, 1942 US, McCall’s Magazine
Day dress illustration, 1940’s
Ballgown by Madame Gres, 1945-55 France, Musee Galliera