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Slideshow: British WWII Fashion

BOSTON — A slideshow for Veteran’s Day from a new fashion exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “Beauty as Duty: Textiles and the Home Front in WWII Britain” features textiles and designs from World War II Britain.

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  • Pamela Grimaud

    Andrea, don’t know how well you will remember me, but I worked in the marketing department of ‘BUR for a couple of years….In any case, this is great! I went on to do a MA in costume history and this period is right up my alley. Bravo!

  • Jeff Burnett

    Andrea, I wonder if you have any interest in helping me capture my mother’s experience that relates to this exhibit?  I visited the exhibit today and while watching the video – where the photographer moved from the bombed out street to the next street where life continued as normal – I was stunned to see my then 19-year old mother in her shop uniform in front of the Red Cross Shop.  My mother, who is 90, was in London during the Blitz, and before entering national service as a Red Cross driver, worked in the Red Cross Shop, which raised money for the war effort by selling various donations of clothing and other articles.  She has several newspaper clippings from the day. When I showed her an iPod Touch capture of the film tonight, she remarked she was very excited to remember she was young once, and that life was exciting.  Another tidbit – turns out that the Red Cross store front in the movie was a hasty repair to the original store front, which had been destroyed in an earlier bombing on the street that in the movie is touted as being normal :-)  Jeff Burnett, Littleton, MA

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