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Fashion At War

The impact of World War Two on fashion is explored in an exhibition which toured the museum titled, Fashion At War.

During World War Two with the threat of Japanese invasion and importing goods difficult, shortages took hold and rationing of many items including clothing became necessary on the Home Front.

This was a time when people took care of their appearance and being well dressed was important. Dress was affected by military style and colours, people consciously developed a military look in support of the forces and even used dress as a form of propaganda. Shortages meant styles became simple in order to use less material, full length evening gowns were banned and women used accessories to glamour themselves up.

This exhibition developed by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand toured New Zealand during 2011.