FC: Fashion in the 1940's Annie Lyons
1: The Great Depression ended during the start of the 1940's. During the Great Depression, women wore simple clothes that were easy to work in.
2: Rationing Fashion-Women When America became part of World War II, many clothing materials such as leather, silk, and nylon were used for war purposes. Women had to be resourceful to replace these items, especially nylon stockings. Some women even painted 'stitches' on the back of their legs so it looked like they had their stockings. | Knee-length dresses were good for day to day use, especially because they did not call for 'excess fabric'. Formal gowns and other clothes that had 'excess fabric' were considered unpatriotic and socially unacceptable. When clothes got old, beat-up, or too small, women mended them or gave them away instead of tossing them in the trash.
3: Since many working men were fighting in World War II, women had to take up more jobs, especially war industries. Because of this, women started wearing trousers, overalls, and boots to work in. They still added femininity to their look with lipstick and hair-dos.
4: Rationing Fashion-Men Since most men were off fighting, the ones that stayed home wanted to look plain to show they supported the wartime effort. That was the end of the 'zoot' suit because of the fabric it called for. It was considered highly unpatriotic and even illegal. Men dressed up a look with a tie or fedora instead of buying a fancy suit. | After World War II, the soldiers in the Pacific brought home tropical shirts which became popular.
5: 1940's Fashion-Boys During the 1940's, boys' fashion didn't follow English fashion like it used to. Knickers weren't popular anymore and weren't worn often. | After World War II, jeans and casual t-shirts became popular, and though changed, are still popular today.
6: 1940's Fashion-Girls Girls still wore Church dresses and skirts to school, but clothing become more relaxed. Shorts for playtime became popular. | Girls also began to wear saddle shoes in the late 1940's, which was a trend that stayed fashionable for some time.
7: Christian Dior was born in 1905 on the coast of Normandy. It was the birth of one of the world's most famous fashion designers. He was superstitious and shy but nevertheless successful. After World War II, he introduced what became known as his New Look. | The New Look consisted of an hourglass silhouette, using a corset if necessary. The New Look also had full skirts and was considered very feminine. Christian Dior died in 1957 after choking on a fish-bone and having a heart-attack.