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Dress, Careless Talk Costs Lives, Fougasse, ca. 1943. As this detail of dress fabric shows, textile design during the early 1940s drew on the experiences of wartime Britain for inspiration. These cartoons are taken from a campaign by the Ministry of Information. The campaign included posters entitled 'Careless Talk Costs Lives', which were distributed around the country, featuring enemy figures overhearing members of the British public discussing the war.

Jacket. Elsa Schiaparelli  (Italian, 1890–1973). Date: 1940s. Culture: French. Medium: wool.

Bed Jacket via MET archive 1939-59 american or european I LOVE the whimsy of the circle appliques abstract dots and big bow!

Evening jacket, Prince Tirtoff, New York, Textile by Coco Chanel, 1930s, American, silk and metallic thread

Jacket. Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973). Department Store: Saks Fifth Avenue (American, founded 1924). Date: 1938. Culture: French. Medium: wool, silk, metallic thread, sequins. Dimensions: Length at CB: 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm).

1940s wartime rationing blouse and handbag - SO clever! Vintage Elsa Schiaparelli ..naturally

russ_togs_fashion_1960 - Pacific Mills Fabrics

1944 sock ad in Life Magazine. Santa is apparently going to put an end to the war singlehandedly!

Liquid StockingsDate taken:September 1941 Photographer:David E Scherman