So I just recently finished reading Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look by Jonathan Walford, a book I got for Christmas. To put my thoughts simply, this book provides a really good overview of what was going on in the fashion world leading up to World War II, during World War II, and immediately following.
The book doesn't go into detail of how fashion silhouettes changed during the war, but goes more into how regulations and shortages influenced fashion throughout the war. The fashions and regulations of the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, and Japan are discussed to some detail.
In discussions of post war recovery, it was somewhat surprising how long rationing was in effect in some countries after the war. The regulations in the U.S. on clothing silhouettes were not repealed until November of 1946, over a year after the end of the war. Britain did not completely abolish rationing on clothing until 1949.
I found the book to be a comprehensive overview of the affects of war and rationing upon fashions of the 1940's and would recommend the book to those interested in the history behind the fashions of the era.
I should also mention that this book is fairly photo heavy. It has a pretty good balance of having enough visual interest but not to many photos that text is nearly nonexistent.
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