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A VE Day party dress

This VE Day party dress was worn 75 years ago to celebrate the end of the second world war.

6 May 2020

The dress was made and worn by Lilian Baker, who went to a fancy-dress party as Black-Out (part of a duo called Black-Out and Sunshine).

It comprises a pink cotton blouse, black velvet bolero (dated earlier, to the 1930s) and skirt made from blackout fabric with strips of matching pink cotton sewn on top to create stripes, decorated with black piping in a loop design.

From 1942 the ‘Make Do and Mend’ campaign encouraged people to care for existing clothes and to make new from old. Blackout curtain fabric was unrationed and therefore a popular choice for home dressmakers.