History Wardrobe

Women & the Great War

Women & the Great War

"I was witnessing the death of luxury"
- Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel

World War One had catastrophic impact on the lives of millions, both on the battlefield and on the Home Front too. It was also a time of tremendous social upheaval, bringing new opportunities and freedoms to many women, all of which had a dramatic impact on fashions.

We bear witness to the lives of women during the war by showcasing their stories... and their clothes. Moving and amusing, with many anecdotes and a unique display of costumes and uniforms, Women and the Great War complements the publication of the exciting new costume history books by Lucy Adlington - Great War Fashion - Tales from the History Wardrobe and Fashion: Women in World War One

Our research is always ongoing and our costume collection is growing, so if you have any photographs or family stories from this era, we'd love to hear from you.

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