Womens Fashion in 1940's

This short video shows how women dressed in the 1940's which is the era that Julia's character is based on . Although it is supposed to be based in 1984 Orwell uses distinct 1940's trends to describe Julia . These include wide red lips , dark hair, and a sash around the waist which draws out her waist. This video also shows the movement of 1940's women which will be good to develop into poses for the final image .

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Square padded shoulders and a small waist was the female silhouette in the 1940's which was inspired by the fashion designs of Elsa Schiaparelli.
Skirts were cut just below the knee and would be straight or a single pleat .
Materials used would be wool, cotton and synthetics , which would have been difficult to find during the war due to rationing .


Julia wears  Chapter I ' A narrow scarlet sash, emblem of the Junior Anti-Sex League, was wound several times round the waist of her overalls, just tightly enough to bring out the shapeliness of her hips.'  

This would outfit is worn through out the book , they are described as thin , so I would guess they were made out of cheap material .  The Sash I will need to make and use a font that would have been used in the 1940's .

Women went to work for the first time in the 1940's,
as the men were at War which meant that clothing
 had to be easy to wear . The 40's saw the start of the
 two piece outfits , which meant women could now
 mix and match there wardrobes allowing them to
 have more choice .

This slogan 'We can do it !' is an iconic image of war time . I believe Orwell would have seen this and women working in order to create the character of Julia .

The pose is masculine proving that women are as strong as men . This is shown in the book as Julia works on machines and often has oily hands. Julia is also the one who takes control of situations , she organises the meetings with Winston and has done all this before with other men .

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Women working on the switchboard in 1940's , the fashion was smart but had movement which allowed them to work. Each one of the ladies above looks smart , they are perfectly groomed .
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Women had to take over all mens jobs , it is clear to see that womens fashion developed with the influence of male clothing . Women were starting to wear shirts with collars and trousers became acceptable .

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Due to government legislation shoes had to be 1 inch in height . New materials were also used to create shoes including cork and wood for heels .
Men's style loafer also became fashionable for women to wear they were easy to wear and were great for working in .

Poster like the one below would have been used to encourage women to work.

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