A new day, a new dress...

What a great week this is turning out to be... first I found out the 'Fashion on the Ration' the fabulous Imperial War Museum exhibition of 1940s fashion is coming up to IWM North in Manchester (complete with the map underwear made for Countess Mountbatten!) and then I was offered this amazing silk mpa dress made from maps of Europe dated 1943.

1940s silk map dress

1940s silk map dress

It is a simple wrap over style, unlined and in the most amazing condition.  The best part is the note that came with it that reads:

This dress was made by Betty Reeves just after the second world war when clothes and materials were still rationed. She used silk maps made by the RAF to use when flying over Europe. Surplus maps were sold in the local Bath Army surplus shop (near the Forum and the River in Bath). She also bought surplus parachute silk and made a beautiful nightdress. sadly the conventional sewing machine stitch proved too big and the seams frayed rapidly and it was never worn.
Silk map wrap dress being worn in a photo shoot

Silk map wrap dress being worn in a photo shoot

Posted on June 13, 2016 .