Story: Clothes

Wartime fashion, 1943

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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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 70. National Film Unit, 1943

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Fiona McKergow, 'Clothes - Women’s clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Fiona McKergow, published 5 Sep 2013