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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.

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

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

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

Joan Fontaine sporting a wonderful "Victory Garden" blouse.

Faux Mickey You're So Fine 1970s Mini Dress and Hot Pants by DorotheasCloset

~Shades of Picasso 1945 by Gilbert Adrian (American, Naugatuck, Connecticut 1903–1959 Hollywood, California) synthetics~

Evening Ensemble, Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) for the House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937): 1950, French, silk.