Hungry for History: Make and Mend for Victory Women’s Fashion During WWII
July 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hungry for History at the Cockayne Farmstead
Make and Mend for Victory: Women’s Fasion During WWII
The Second World War influenced every part of life, including women’s fashion. With many materials in short supply and needed for the war effort, women were encouraged by the government to make their clothing last. Booklets like “Make and Mend for Victory” provided creative ways to maintain clothing and make new garments from unexpected sources. Children’s pajamas came from men’s shirts, undergarments from parachute silk, and even women’s suits from men’s civvies. Learn how women improvised and adapted to remain well-dressed and do their part for victory, even in the midst of total war. The presentation will include original artifacts and reproduction pieces made according to the suggestions and instructions in “Make and Mend for Victory.”
The talk will be presented by Kara Gordon, who is currently serving her second year as a Preserve WV AmeriCorps Member at Cockayne Farmstead.
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