How World War I and World War II influenced womens fashions

How World War I and World War II influenced womens fashions

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This entry is part 29 of 32 in the series CheeseCake Pinup Magazine - 1953

“Militant suffragism plus the fervent patriotism of World War I opened up a number of hitherto male spheres to a number of women in varying adaptations of male dress…”. It says that 11,000 women served in the Navy as “Yeomanettes” in World War I, and a total of 400,000 women joined the WACs and WAVES in World War II. Out of necessity, women donned male coveralls and clothing to perform work in shipyards and as subway guards, in both world wars.

I think the pictures are most interesting. They include:

  • a well dressed postwoman in 1918, wearing trousers and posed with her bicycle
  • a Brooklyn woman subway guard dressed in a man’s coat with a woman’s skirt, during World War I
  • a “Farmerette” milking in 1917, dressed in a middy blouse and bloomers.
  • Bill posters, tucked pants in high laced shoes
  • American Women’s League for Self Defense, dressed in Doughboy uniforms during World War I, practicing bayonet charging incase the Germans invaded New York City.
  • Servicewomen posed with Venus De Milo during World War II
  • Women dressed in pants at a factory or shipyard during World War II
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Jessica Kay Murray

Professional WordPress nerd. Lover of all things older than me. I am fascinated by early 1900s labor and feminist history, and have a sporadic addiction to reading nonfiction about those things on Archive.org. I scan old photographs and ephemera when I get really super bored. On Etsy I sell vintage clothing that I got as part of an interesting trade deal a few years ago.

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