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Fashions of February 1939

Continuing on from my post Fashions of January 1939, today a look at fashion from February 1939, the last month of Summer in Australia.

 

Illustration by Virgil, 1939

Illustration by Virgil, 1939

  

Suit ideas from London

  

Light weight wool is a popular Autumn and Spring fabric

  

I love the high waisted genie pants!

  

Why don't you wear Schiaparelli's adorable black seal skin topper?Hmmm...

Why don’t you wear Schiaparelli’s adorable black seal skin topper?Hmmm…

 

Simple swing skirts

 
 

Long gathered skirts for evening wear – what a lot of fabric!

  

Imagine the blackout curtains you could make from that velvet dress..

 

And let’s not forget the foundation garments!

  

Any favourites?

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About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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  1. My German grandmother always referred to her corsets as her “cast iron underwear”. Back in the early 1970s, Europe was already using metal detectors at airports, and she managed to set off the one in Prague. She told them what was wrong, but the matron took her off for a strip search anyway.

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  2. I remember a pile of “Women’s Realm” magazine my Mum had in the cupboards dating from the 1940s with dress patterns included for styles similar to those on your post. I think I’d have been a rebel in trousers

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  3. I definitely want the genie pants. My daughter makes 40s clothes, I’ll have to ask her.

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