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~"Utility" dress, c.1940s. The British government introduced the Utility Clothing Scheme to address the shortage of labor and materials during and after WWII~ Silhouettes were kept simple, but many were in fact commissioned from leading designers, such as Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell.