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Take Off Your Sweats And Step Into 'Silk And Steel' — French Fashions In WWI

An exhibition at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., explores what wartime women wore — from overalls to evening gowns — and how military uniforms have affected fashion.
French woman conductor for the Paris Trolley Company, 1917 Source: Excelsior – L'Equipe/Roger – Violett

In 1939, anticipating the German invasion of Paris in World War II, designer Coco Chanel closed up shop. "This is no time for fashion," she said. And, to put it delicately, she shacked up at the Ritz with her lover — a Nazi intelligence officer.

In World War I, however, Chanel was selling hats, and kept selling them

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