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From Nylons to the New Look: 1940s Fashion and Social Change

7 May, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Continuing on in our series charting fashion by decades, we welcome back lecturer, writer and social historian Jane Wilson to take us now into the 1940’s in style. This Zoom lecture will examine the popular tastes and fashions that  emerged during this decade framed against the background of World War II and the sweeping social changes its conclusion ushered in. From Utility Chic to the dawn of Dior’s New Look at the close of the decade, Ms. Wilson will introduce us to the defining design directions and the personalities, politicians, and players who shaped them. Think Glenn Miller to get yourself “In the Mood” (1941) and don’t forget to don your “String of Pearls” (Miller again 1944.)

Jane Wilson has lectured at the National Army Museum and the Fashion and Textile Museum where she is an exhibition specialist in Zandra Rhodes, Missoni, the history of Liberty and Jazz Age designers.

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