Sheila Shreeve

Fashion of the Austerity period celebrated in Museum talk

A special public talk at Walsall Museum this month explores the fashions of the post-war period in Britain.  The talk, entitled ‘Fashion, Austerity and After’ takes us on a tour through the clothing of the late 1940s and early 1950s, a time when the New Look was coming into style but when clothes rationing and austerity continued to limit women’s fashion choices.

The talk will be delivered by Walsall Museum’s Honorary Costume Curator, Sheila Shreeve, and will explore the impact of the Second World War on fashion and clothing, particularly through the Utility scheme which remained in force throughout the 1940s, and the reaction against this in the later 1940s when the large skirts and nipped-in waists of the New Look brought a more feminine look to fashion.  Sheila Shreeve has been working with the costume collection at Walsall Museum for nearly 30 years and is a recognised expert in the field of costume history.

The talk takes place on Thursday 27 October at 1.30pm.  Places are limited to advance booking is essential, please call us on 01922 653116 or email museum@walsall.gov.uk to reserve your place.

This is part of a regular series of public talks on local history, costume history and related subjects.  Details of our other talks can be obtained by contacting Walsall Museum on 01922 653116.

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