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Fashion under the Occupation
     

Fashion under the Occupation

by Dominique Veillon, Miriam Kochan (Translator)
 

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Before the outbreak of WWII, French fashion represented the very pinnacle of style, and French women the epitome of chic. Unparalleled for glamour and elegance, all things French were noted and emulated.

One morning in September 1939, into this idyllic world of haute couture and Café society came the shattering experience of war, followed by the German

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Before the outbreak of WWII, French fashion represented the very pinnacle of style, and French women the epitome of chic. Unparalleled for glamour and elegance, all things French were noted and emulated.

One morning in September 1939, into this idyllic world of haute couture and Café society came the shattering experience of war, followed by the German Occupation. French women, determined not to give way to the inevitable austerities, sought innovation: hats made from blotting paper or newspapers—the latter signaling political allegiances —and blouses made out of parachute silk, often obtained through dubious means. Not only did life go on, but creativity flourished—culottes, which enabled stylish bicycle journeys, became the vogue, and couturiers capitalized on deprivation with wit—dubbing designs "Coal" and "Black Coffee," or naming an entire collection after Métro stops.

Fashion under the Occupation provides the only in-depth history of these blackest years in French history, long overlooked by fashion history because of the impoverished industry and deprivations that affected design. Widely acknowledged as the authoritative work on fashion during this period. Fashion Under the Occupation is available in English for the first time.

Author Biography: Dominique Veillon is at Institut d'histoire du Temps, CNRS.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker

It is only now, with the publication, in Paris, of Dominique Veillon's La Mode sous l'Occupation, that we learn how valiantly French women's impulse to express themselves in the clothes they wear adapted itself to their straightened lives, and how narrowly the French fashion industry escaped extinction.
H-France Jean-Pierre Le Crom

This rich work (and good read) ... dedicated to a new subject, will enrich our knowledge of the war-time economy in a significant way.
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“It is only now, with the publication, in Paris, of Dominique Veillon's La Mode sous l'Occupation, that we learn how valiantly French women's impulse to express themselves in the clothes they wear adapted itself to their straightened lives, and how narrowly the French fashion industry escaped extinction.” —The New Yorker

“This rich work (and good read) ... dedicated to a new subject, will enrich our knowledge of the war-time economy in a significant way.” —Jean-Pierre Le Crom, H-France

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859735480
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
108,654
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

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