Clothing Goes to War (Book)

Creativity Inspired by Scarcity in World War II

This is the story of clothing use when manufacturing for civilians nearly stopped and raw materials and workers across the globe were shifted to war work. Governments mandated rationing programmes in many countries to regulate the limited supply. 75 years later the slow fashion movement is motivating reductions in clothing consumption. 123 b/w illus.


Deprivation Fashion is the story of civilian clothing use during World War II. Manufacturing for civilians across the globe nearly stopped when outfitting the troops took precedence and raw materials and workers were shifted to war work. Consumers, especially women, responded to the scarcity of goods by using ingenuity and creativity to “make do.”

Nan Elizabeth Turner is a fashion and academic professional with a strong interest in the history of World War II. Her love of creativity, sewing and fashion propelled her into a career as a fashion designer in New York, Paris and San Francisco before returning to her alma mater, the University of California, Davis, to teach fashion-related courses.


1 Rationale for Rationing

2 Gender during WWII

3 Home Front Handicrafts

4 Wartime Weddings

5 Costumes go to War

6 Black Market

7 DIY returns


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