Barbara Britton


Barbara Britton, actress and Mayor of Hollywood (1952), wearing 1940s work apparel. Muriel King designed this women’s WWII factory uniform for Boeing and other military outposts. Fashion evidenced the change in gender roles with the mainstream adaption of slacks into women’s wardrobes. According to cultural historian Elizabeth Wilson, “the advance of the trouser for women” was “the most significant fashion change of the twentieth century.”[1] [1] Melissa McEuen, Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Home Front, 1941-1945. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 149.


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