Sixty-eight years ago today, on June 6 1944, over 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. Called D-Day, this invasion marked a turning point in World War II. At the time of the invasion, Nazi Germany occupied much of western Europe, including France. Due to Allied successes during D-Day and the subsequent Battle of Normandy, by August 1944, Paris was liberated from occupation and German forces were in retreat throughout Europe. Within a year, Allied forces had achieved military victory throughout Europe.
In light of this anniversary, we wanted to revisit our 1941 World War II propaganda dress. Made from yardage printed as a fundraiser for the volunteer British-American Ambulance Corps, it features a swirling print built around the patriotic slogan, "There'll Always Be An England." When we originally posted this dress in 2010, we were somewhat puzzled as to why this slogan was printed backwards. Our curators have recently settled on an answer to this question. Read on to learn more!