Talk: Women, fashion and the First World War

Join design and fashion historian Emmanuelle Dirix at an illustrated talk called Women, fashion and the First World War on 18 November and discover how the First World War not only changed women’s lives but also how they dressed.

Ms Dirix will discuss how the huge political and social upheaval of the early 20th century led to dramatic changes in the fashionable female silhouette and saw the birth of the New Woman after the war.

For the first time in history women took on traditionally male roles in the workforce on a huge scale while men fought on the Western Front. This was reflected in a more practical approach to dressing and saw the shocking introduction of shorter skirts, shorter hairstyles and even trousers into the female wardrobe.

Ms Dirix will focus on the female war experience as a force for change from the lavish but constrictive Edwardian style to a more comfortable and ultimately modern fashion aesthetic. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Visitors wishing to see original early 20th Century female conductors’ uniforms and learn more about women’s lives, fashion and culture can visit London Transport Museum’s exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front to Western Front.

Tickets to this event include free admission to both London Transport Museum and the Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front to Western Front exhibition within one month of the event. 

Duration 18 November 2014 - 18 November 2014
Times 18.30 - 20.00
Cost Adult £10 Concession £8
Venue London Transport Museum
Address Covent Garden Piazza London WC2E 7BB, ,
Contact 0207 565 7298 / /

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