During the Second World War clothing, among other essential items, was rationed. Skirts and dresses had less pleating and men's trousers went without cuffs to save material. Lining was out. Fashion was austere but still elegant, as this 1943 government film stresses.
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Reference: Weekly Review 70. National Film Unit, 1943
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