Skirt suit and coat | Utility Collection by the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers for the Board of Trade | London, England, Autumn 1942 | Scottish woollen tweed | The simplification and economy of material match the conditions laid down by the Board in relation to the manufacture of civilian clothing during the Second World War of 1939-1945. But, despite the efforts of thedesigners to be inventive without wasting fabric, there was a very limited choice | VA Museum, London
April 1919 "Now that the daffodils have more than begun to peer and everyday brings us nearer to the light-heartedness of summer frocks and frivolities, one is naturally full of eagerness to see just what form these charming frivolities will take. In every way the spring season has been a late one, but in flowers and fashions the same rule often holds good: the later they appear upon the scene, the more beautiful and successful they are..."
November 1920 In the run up to the Christmas season, advertisements from department stores such as Dickins & Jones and Jenners, of Edinburgh, emphasise the importance of staying warm this winter in "fascinating furs", while Boots promotes its "wonderful variety of inexpensive Christmas presents", including "silver, tableware and leather".
November 1919 'The new silhouette', as it has been exemplified by the collections, is so varied so individual that it is impossible to speak of it in the singular," we are told, as fur (be it beaver, chinchilla skunk, mole, seal or squirrel), is hailed as the winter must-have and jumpers are also a considered a wardrobe staple.