Fashion and consumption in the First World War: Department store catalogues 1916-17

Image taken from Bradley's Department Store catalogue

Fashion and consumption in the First World War was a joint project between the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library, to produce an online exhibition of digitised fashion catalogues from the First World War. These select catalogues of women’s clothing from 1916 and 1917 illustrate the war’s impact on materials, the roles of women and fashion itself.

The exhibition is freely available, and includes eight fully digitised catalogues from five different department stores (Bradleys, Dickins and Jones, Peter Robinson, John Barnes and Stewart and Macdonald), potted histories of each of these, and further articles on the provenance of the catalogues, their preservation and the process involved in scanning them.