Took a trip out this Wednesday to the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, London to check out the Fashion on the Ration Exhibition, and what a jolly spiffing trip it was.
The building itself is steeped in history as it was previously The Bethlam Hospital for the mentally insane or “Bedlam” as quipped by Lord Rothermere, it was well known for its excess of lunacy! It became The Imperial War Museum in 1936. The museum closed in 1940 and re opened at the end of the second world war, so that moves us swiftly onto the exhibition…..
The exhibition is on the 3rd floor and is comprised of six sections
Rationing & Make Do & Mend
Beauty as Duty
Peace and a New Look
I loved the ‘Siren Suit’ which was (a much more stylish) version of the modern day onesie, designed to easily put on over night wear to maintain a ladies modesty while traveling to and seeking shelter during night time air raids
Just as much, I loved the handbags with compartments for the ladies gas mask and the luminous paint to apply to hair flowers etc during the blackouts! They went to such effort to still look stylish even through a traumatic time, people were made of much stronger stuff back then, I dread to think what assembles would be worn by a lot of todays’ women to run to an air raid shelter probably a Juicy Couture track suit, Ugg boots and a scruffy dressing gown with yesterdays gravy down the front!! (oh the glamour!)
I really hope you get a chance to see it,
The exhibition is on until the 31st of this month (so hop to it!)
The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
and if you don’t get a chance to see it, there’s always this book by Julie Summers
Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War
My last post was about the Christmas hair Competition, so I thought I’d just let you know about our latest competition,
the theme was “The Seasons”. I chose Autumn, I must admit Summer is my favorite month by a mile, but I do love the Autumn sun, and the colours of the leaves in Autumn
I also chose to put my spin on the hairstyle 😉 and went for a Vintage 1940s style with Victory Rolls at the front and designed a cute row of vertical rolls at the back and then added a hair slide I made with some decorative acorns, toadstools, feathers etc
Aaaaaaaand…………….. I won 1st Prize!!
I created this look by curling all the hair first with tongs, the two front sections that created the victory rolls were curled back away from the face, and the back all curled in the same direction with the tong held vertically, which helped create the rolls at the back
The rolls were created by twisting them around my index finger and rolling them in towards the scalp, then securing with grips and hairspray
Hope you like it! 🙂
oh and before I finish, here’s the mood board I had to do first, to present my inspirations and materials I was going to use.