Contemporary perspective

Fabric shortages encouraged women to be more creative making dresses from jute, flour sacks and recycled underskirts. Parachute material was used for christening and wedding gowns and even dog hair was put to good use.

The exhibition also features contemporary work by Viktor&Rolf, Ronald van der Kemp and Lisa Konno as well as young designers keen to make use of material that may otherwise be wasted. Taking inspiration from the fashionable women during the Second World War, these designers show that it's possible to create using re-cycled material and to be on the cutting-edge of the fashion world.