Dressed for War : Uniform, Civilian Clothing and Trappings 1914-1918
Men in khaki and grey squatting in the trenches, women at work, gender bending in goggles and overalls over their trousers, a girl at the Paris theatre in pleated, beaded silk, a bangle on her forearm made from copper fuse wire from the Somme. What people wear matters. Copiously illustrated, this book is the story of what people on both sides wore on the front line and on the home front through the seismic years of World War I. Nina Edwards, reveals fresh aspects of the war through the prism of the smallest details of personal dress, of clothes, hair and accessories, both in uniform and civilian wear. She explores how, during a period of extraordinary upheaval and rapid change, a particular preference for a type of razor blade or perfume, say, or the just-so adjustment to the tilt of a hat, offer insights into the individual experience of men, women and children during the course of World War I.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 65 x 92 x 10mm | 479.99g
- 12 Dec 2014
- I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- London, United Kingdom
- 35 bw integrated, 8pp colour plates
Table of contents
Introduction The Prelude Uniform, Chivalry and Doing One's Bit Men in Civvies, Women in Uniform Vanity, Luxury and the Fabric of War Attitudes to the Body Variety and Haute Couture Manufacture and the Home Mourning and Wedding 10. O Brave New World Acknowledgments Bibliography Index Websites
Clothes have a language that illuminates the social and cultural significance of the circumstances in which they are worn. This is particularly true in wartime. Dressed for War is a fascinating and immensely readable account of in what and how both the military and civilians dressed, during the First World War. An apparently trivial subject turns out to have a profundity that adds a rich dimension to our understanding of the Great War in this its centenary year.' Juliet Gardiner
About Nina Edwards
Nina Edwards is a writer and cultural critic, whose books include On the Button: The Significance of an Ordinary Item (I.B.Tauris, 2011) and Offal: A Global History (2013).