Wartime Glamour

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‘Coca Cola and Bubble Gum: Wartime Glamour’  is the theme of the Costume & Textile Association (C&TA) stand at the Makers’ Festival 2020.

In the 1940s, brightly coloured headscarves and home-made lip gloss, helped to boost the morale of millions of women working in factories, in the fields and in the home.

During the World War II conflict, 50,000 American servicemen (and women) were stationed at bases in Norfolk.

C&TA member, Lily Rodgers, is researching the impact of Hollywood films during this period and of the ‘Friendly Invasion’ – on the fashions, hairstyles and make-up of Norfolk women.

Visitors are invited to recreate a 1940s headscarf and home-made lip colour look.  Alternatively, you may wish to don a flying jacket, in the style of Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable or Walter Matthau, who were all stationed in Norfolk.

Join the C&TA from Tue 18 – Thu 20 Feb to create your own glamorous look, learn about ‘Make Do and Mend’, or share your family stories about 1940s Hollywood-inspired glamour.

The Costume and Textile Association is an independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums Service.