One of the most radical changes at home during the war was the huge change in women’s lives and work. With the men away fighting, more than one million women went to work for the first time during the war years – in munitions factories and on the buses, driving ambulances and even ‘manning’ the London Underground. These new responsibilities gave women new freedoms – and they also led to a new look, as tight corsets and heavy skirts were replaced by more natural and fluid silhouettes. A century later, this era has inspired ‘Fashion and Freedom’, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition that examines the fashion legacy of the First World War for the 21st century. Read more.
Subscribe to the Apollo newsletter
In the news
The discovery of a noose at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a grim justification of its existence
Four Confederate monuments are to be removed from the streets of New Orleans, but their painful legacy endures
The Garden Bridge Trust should be pursued for the public money it has wasted