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Marla Day to talk about World War II impact on fashion Thursday at Discovery Center

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Forces Exhibit part two

The cost of a pair of new leather shoes was Stamp 17 in War Ration Book 1. Each member of family got one stamp a year. A new pair of nylon hose was out of the question.

During World War II, clothing materials were rationed. Hosiery companies developed mending kits to repair nylon, silk and cotton lisle stockings. Pattern companies and women's magazines advised how to remake men's suits into children’s clothing. Babies were swaddled in flour sack gowns and in quilts pieced from leftovers.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, Marla Day will present "Ration to Fashion." The 7 p.m. lecture is part of an exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan called Flint Hills Forces II: Our Town, Our Fort, Our University 1917-1963.

Mending, making-do and recycling were keys to clothing the family during World War II rationing. Examples are the apron that was once a flour sack and the sock doll above.

Mending, making-do and recycling were keys to clothing the family during World War II rationing. Examples are the apron that was once a flour sack and the sock doll above.

Day, senior curator of the K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum, will address World War II clothing regulations and rationing and its impact on fashions.

A second lecture from the College of Human Ecology will detail the personal side of the era that saw two world wars and the Great Depression.

Jane P. Marshall will present "Hard Times at the Table" on Jan. 29. She will discuss wartime food rationing, wartime food and special problems that demanded special solutions in kitchens during the Great Depression.

Marshall, college communications director, teaches food writing for the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics and is the author of "Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table." The lecture is at 7 p.m.

Reservations are not required.

Forces II examines the intertwined history of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University as they grew and changed over the decades. It explores the experiences and events such as soldiers training for trench warfare during WWI, the opulence of the Roaring Twenties at the new Wareham Hotel, the trying times of the Great Depression, a WWII forward observer's jeep and supplies and family life around the television in a 1950s Manhattan living room.

The exhibit was collaborative efforts by the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design in the College of Human Ecology; the Morse Department of Special Collections at Hale Library; the Riley County Historical Society and Museum; the U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley; and the Conservation Division, DPW, Fort Riley.

The exhibit closes Feb. 1.

This article was posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News, Costume and Textile Museum.