Fashion on the Ration

Written by: VintageKeeley

The Preview…

Guess where I was on Thursday evening?!

Only attending the preview of Fashion on the Ration!! An exciting new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester!


I was invited to have a sneak peak before its launch to the public on the 27th May and I have to say, I was completely stunned by the exquisiteness of the exhibit!

Here’s my quick little review of the night…

To set the standard for the evening, Fashion Historian Amber Butchart gave a top-notch opening speech! She was incredibly captivating to watch (see below image)!

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Afterwards, we were invited to explore the exhibit, which featured an amazing collection of beautiful outfits full of colour and style. I had my camera at the ready all evening and I’m sure you will too!!

My favourite dress was this Victory Dress with flags, aeroplanes and pictures of Churchill on it!

Isn’t it amazing?!!!

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I also got to meet the lovely Leslie from Tin Tin Collectables, who provided some of the items for the exhibition, including a whole wall of ladies scarves with wartime messages (below). He has a fabulous space at Alfies Antiques in London for anyone wishing to have a scan through his collection…

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Also check out the underwear and dressing gown made of silk maps used during the war effort! Incredible!!

Expect to be wowed by all the ingenious and creative methods our lovely ladies undertook in order to break free from the bleak restrictions of rationing – it certainly is enlightening not to mention highly commendable!

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In my honest opinion, Fashion on the Ration perfectly demonstrates how our heroines of WW2 managed to conquer TRUE glamour – despite all the daily obstacles they faced!  It highlights their sheer determination to remain polished and elegant despite the chaos of war lurking around every turn.

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You MUST go and see for yourself! It’s impossible not to enjoy it, especially if you love vintage and anything 1940s!

For more details visit Fashion on the Ration is now OPEN!

Keeley x