« Out and about with the FIDM Museum | Main | Wiener Werkstatte girl's ensemble »

June 06, 2012

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a01156f47abbe970c01761514dfe5970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference World War II propaganda dress:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Jo Teeuwisse

Another reason could be that the dress was 'turned'.
In war time people could often not be able to buy new clothes or fabric and had to repair dresses all the time.
I myself have turned old coats, to turn clothes you take them completely apart, turn the fabric around and put it back together again.
This way the dirty, faded fabric that was on the outside is now on the inside and visa versa.
Your dress will look like new.

Jason Lillywhite

Thank you so much. This is absolutely fascinating! What an era that was. It is a great example of how fashion is a reflection of society.

Flora Segura Buchler

If this dress was homemade, whoever did the sewing was an expert. It's lovely and I would enjoy wearing it today for it's history, quality and classic good looks. If it was "turned" that was done very, very well!

Jason Lillywhite

Flora: I'm a newbie - what does "turned" mean, if you please?

LBC

Somebody reproduce that fabric, please!

And the dress pattern, for that matter.

FIDM Museum

Jason,

Turning a garment is to remake it by literally turning it inside out. Garment sections are carefully separated and the "wrong" (inside) face is turned to the outside because it is usually less worn/dirty than the outside or right face of the fabric. The new garment probably isn't an exact replica of the old, as there might be holes, stains or other signs of wear to contend with. It's a way to reuse older or worn garments, account for a change in body size, or craft a new garment for a new wearer.

In this case, the pattern is actually shown as it was printed; the words are intentionally printed in reverse. An article in the New York Times describing the collection indicates that they slogans were all printed in mirror writing. The article didn't indicate why, so we had to make an educated guess!

ZoSews

Thank you for sharing this story. Very interesting.

Esz

What an awesome dress! What I'd do to get hold of some of these fabrics and make my own version - to a 40's pattern of course. Now THAT would be a find!

Amy

This is a beautiful dress and so classy. 'There'll always be England' indeed! =) Great share!

Simone

Lovely dress & I love that song. I've always thought it would make a great slogan for textiles or a poster, looks like I'm not the only one ;)

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.