You will find that the skirts from this point in time tend to be quite narrow, A-line in shape, and the hemlines hit at or just below the knee.This was intended to conserve fabric that could be used elsewhere for the war effort.Due to these restrictions, rayon was the number one choice in fabric for women’s fashion during the forties, as it was readily available and inexpensive to produce.Manufacturers of this fabric found ways to make it resemble satin, among other materials, making it ideal for day, evening, and formal wear.Rationing was the idea that cutting back on the consumption of certain goods and supplies would help provide as many materials (raw or otherwise) to the war effort as possible.Many factories that had been producing goods for public consumption had to switch to producing products supplies for the war.
The two-piece suit became very popular in women’s fashion during the war.
(via Adored Vintage) The second World War affected just about every household during the forties.
Everyone was encouraged to support the war effort in any way they could, and most often this meant through rationing.
Women had grown tired of the fashion restrictions through the war and Dior was their answer.
His influence completely changed the silhouette from the broad shoulder, short skirted, military-influenced look to a soft, romantic hourglass shape – with much more fabric used.