OverviewFrom munitionettes to High Society, the story of women during World War I unfolds from silk stockings to factory wear"I was witnessing the death of luxury." —Gabrielle 'Coco' ChanelWorld War I had catastrophic impact on the lives of millions, both on the battlefield and on the Home Front too. It was also a time of tremendous social upheaval, bringing new opportunities and freedoms. Whatever their wartime role—as nurses, naval officers, or factory workers—women needed the right clothes for the job. From the luxurious silks of High Society, to the boots and breeches of the Women's Land Army, this booklet explores the impact of war on fashion 1914-1918 with unique images and beautiful original garments.
Author BiographyLucy Adlington is the founder of History Wardrobe, which gives costume-in-context presentations to more than 15,000 people across the UK every year, and the author of Great War Fashion. She works closely with English Heritage and National Trust and has a large collection of original outfits spanning 200 years of fashion history. She is also a children's author and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal.