Developed from Harry & Edna’s successful ‘Fashion on the Ration’ ‘pop up’ exhibition, Edna has developed a talk based around the fashions of the period & the effect of clothes rationing.


Clothes rationing was introduced on 1st June 1941, because British clothing manufacturers had to make uniforms, parachutes and other items needed for the war effort.


Thus each man, woman and child was issued with a clothing ration book. At the onset each person was allocated 66 coupons per year. However in 1942 this was dropped to 48 coupons. Utility or austerity clothing was introduced using the CC41 label.


For each presentation / talk, Edna brings a selection of artefacts from her personal fashion on the ration collection. Thus her presentation is a mixture of 'show and tell' and a slide show of wartime images.


The images are delivered via laptop and protector. Both of which Edna can supply if required.

Harry & Edna

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