Lucie Whitmore

Research title

Women's fashion in the First World War

Research summary

Within this research, the scope and significance of ‘intangible history’ as a device for the study of historical dress will be examined by focusing on women’s fashion from one particular era: the Great War of 1914-1918. During that war, civilian women who never saw a battlefield wore clothes that bore evidence of involvement in conflict, and it is the study of these garments that will form the heart of this research. By combining methodologies from such fields as the material culture of dress and the material culture of conflict, an alternate approach to the study of dress will be defined: fashion as a product of war. By examining both the tangible and intangible elements of fashion from the Great War, this research will outline the value of intangible histories within academia, while simultaneously considering the implications for the dissemination of research to a wider, more diverse audience. Suggestions will be made specifically regarding museum display, but the intention is to promote a more emotive method of engagement with objects and history in general. 


  • Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities – 2014-2017 Doctoral Training Partnership (full funding and stipend) 

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Ambassador for the Costume Society (2015)