Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Web Exhibit: Fashion and Consumption in the First World War

The Institute of Historical Research, in collaboration with Senate House Library, has announced the launch of a new online exhibition of digitized fashion catalogues from the First World War: "Fashion and Consumption in the First World War: Department Store Catalogues 1916-17." These select catalogues of women’s clothing illustrate the war’s impact on materials, the roles of women, and fashion itself. According to Dr. Jordan Landes, research librarian at the Senate House Library, "The combined impacts of lower consumer spending, reduced availability of higher quality fabrics and a growing need for clothing that allowed freedom of movement for women to work shaped the fashions following 1915." The site includes short essays on relevant topics and many full catalogues from the period.