OverviewThe story of World War I women as told through their changing wardrobes, from silk stockings to factory wearWe often talk of "stepping into someone else's shoes." Walking back in time a century ago, which shoes would they be? A pair of silk sensations costing thousands of pounds designed by Yantonnay of Paris, or heavy wooden clogs with metal cleats that spark on the cobbles of a factory yard? Would your shoes be heavy with mud from trudging along duckboards between the tents of a frontline hospital, or stuck with tufts of turf from a soccer pitch? This history follows the revolution in women's lives and aspirations during the second decade of the 20th century, as reflected in costume and appearance. The book opens the wardrobe in the years before the outbreak of war to explore the contrast between the stiff, mono-bosomed ideal of Edwardian womanhood and the gossamer gowns draped round her. It examines such contradictions as suffragettes battling social and legal restrictions while fashion literally hobbles women with narrow skirts and thigh-length corsets.
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. 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.