Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vogue (US), 1940

Sadly this magazine is not in very good condition - pages have been cut out and someone has doodled over it in pencil.

By 1940 trousers for women were acceptable in limited circumstances - on the beach, for example, or for gardening.  During the war years women started wearing them in more public settings as they engaged in more traditionally masculine occupations and feminine fripperies such as stockings became harder to get.  The model on the cover of this issue of American Vogue still wears "slacks" in a peacetime garden setting, while across the Atlantic women were starting to wear them for war work.

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