The Modish and the Millitant

Women and the culture of fashion in the First World War

Saturday 10th December at 2.30pm at The Bowes Museum

The final talk in the current series of talks relating to the First World War at The Bowes Museum, will be by Lucie Whitmore, a Ph.D student at the University of Glasgow, who will talk about women’s clothing during the war years. Her PhD explores women’s experiences of the First World War through their clothing, using a material culture framework to highlight the storytelling power of objects.

An often-overlooked resource, the clothing worn by women during the First World War can reveal some surprising links between conflict and fashion. This talk will explore the storytelling power of the objects that survive in museum collections and those lost to time, seeking to highlight the female experience of life wartime Britain. This talk will focus on three areas of First World War fashion – the changing culture of mourning dress, the balance between austerity and patriotism, and the growing practicality within women’s clothing – revealing the impact of conflict on the cultural and social lives of these non-combatants.  

Lucie’s talk will draw on her experience as costume intern at Edinburgh Museums & Galleries where she has worked on the new costume gallery project at the Museum of Edinburgh.

All are welcome to this fascinating talk;  please book beforehand  via  Museum Reception (Tel:  01833 690606, or email@ ). The cost is free to visitors with a museum admission ticket, or £3 without. It is free to students on production of identity, volunteers and Friends.