Women's hairstyles got shorter during the second world war. A natural, organic progression for fashion? Not quite...
The war saw women enter the workforce in unprecedented numbers, but the longer hairstyles of the early 1940s proved particularly unsuitable for factory work. Keen to assist the war effort, Vogue utilised its influence and proclaimed turbans and short, sleek hair styles to be the height of fashion. Lee Miller's feature, 'Fashion for Factories' appeared in the June 1941 issue of British Vogue. The tactic worked, and the number of accidents in factories dropped dramatically.