A Lack Of Silk And Nylon In WWII Meant That Some Women Made Their Wedding Dresses From Parachutes

When Edwin Morgan returned from World War Two set on marrying girl-next-door Betty, she thought it would be too costly to turn up in a new white dress. However, it transpired that one of Edwin’s souvenirs from the conflict was just perfect to fashion a beautiful outfit from. So she became one of the women who put a wartime parachute to a new, much more attractive use.

Image: via Vintage Everyday
Image: via Vintage Everyday

World War Two brought shortages of silk and nylon to most countries, as production was geared towards military needs and, in the case of silk, the raw materials were found in areas under the control of Japan. This made the traditional wedding gown difficult to produce, with fabrics for dresses costing a pretty penny. But some brides-to-be cleverly turned those military supplies into sources for their wedding garments.

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