World War One Fashion Display at Leamington site Library

First Year BTEC Extended Diploma Fashion and Clothing students are currently working on a project centred on the First World War; the display at Leamington Library aims to provide background information and inspiration. The War was a turning point in many ways – military uniforms were designed to blend in, not stand out (no more Redcoats) and women found themselves in uniform for the first time, either in supporting roles at the front or in a range of civilian uniforms. Haute couture persevered, but even high fashion was influenced by the military look.

The display illustrates how certain colours are forever associated with the First World War. The soldiers’ khaki uniforms blended in with the sea of mud that was the trenches and No Man’s Land, whilst the bright poppies that grew in the wastelands provided an incongruous splash of colour that inevitably reminds us of the endless bloodshed.

posted by Patty & Sophie

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