Current Special Exhibitions
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: TEXTILES ON THE HOME FRONT IN WWII BRITAIN
September 29, 2013-January 26, 2014
With a vibrant display of period clothing, cleverly designed scarves, home décor, film footage and lively music of Britain in the World War II era, Keep Calm and Carry On offers a rare glimpse into a time when beauty (in measured amounts) was not frivolous—it was a patriotic duty!
While millions of British men and women served in the military overseas, England’s entire creative class mobilized to win the war at home. During this time of extreme hardship, rationing, and deprivation, textiles were put into service as designers created fashions to save on essential wartime materials, and injected style and beauty into the harsh realities of wartime life.
This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with the support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions. Additional local support provided by Rotarians for Peace, in honor of Rotarian Sir Nicholas Winton. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Victory Print dress, Britain, 1945
Arnold Lever for Jacqmar
Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photography © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston