It's hard to believe - but "Victory Fashion" hit the American home front before it was even called the "home front". However by mid-1941 Americans were outraged by fascist aggression: the U-boats, London bombed, Nanking ravaged, France invaded - the list goes on. When this article went to press, we were not in the war, but we were firmly on the Allied side. The word "victory" made its way into fashion circles and the nation's couturiers began turning out novelty accessories and garments (of particular interest was the Morse Code character for the letter "V" ...-).
"Pattern houses rushed into production dressmaking instructions for making garments with V-shaped necklines, V-shaped yokes and embroidery. Novelty pocketbooks, belts and hats appeared... and even hairdressers emphasized widow's peaks and V-shaped pompadours."
More about W.W. II fashions can be read here.
- two from Amazon: