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Fashion or ration: Hartnell, Amies and dressing for the Blitz

February 18th, 2010

Episode 130 of 474 episodes

How did the fashionable woman of the Second World War and post war era manage to remain chic in a climate of rationing? Using sources from The National Archives this talk will consider the fashion industry of the time, and reveal how designers Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies not only contributed to the war effort, but made a lasting impact on British style.