Despite ñ or perhaps because of ñ the privations of war, the 1940s was one of the greatest decades for fashion in Britain. The designs and fashions of the 1930s would linger on through the early years of the Second World War but with shortages and rationing firmly in place, the Utility clothing available in the shops had to overcome these restrictions and still look new and vivid. Because so much of the war effort depended on Britainís women, fashion was considered important for morale.??Fashion in the 1940s ranged from military uniforms (for men and women) to siren suits to be worn to keep warm in air raid shelters at night and the demob suits issued to those leaving the services at the end of the war. The mantra of ëmake-do and mendí would spawn a decade of creativity, and a generation who would not let austerity prevent them from looking good. Transatlantic and military influences were everywhere, and after the war was over Diorís ëNew Lookí set the scene for the fashions of the prosperous ?1950s.??This book is part of the Britainís Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britainís past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with 1940s fashion in all its variety.