Horwood, C: Keeping Up Appearances
Fashion and Class Between the Wars
The British have always been concerned about accent, appearance and class, but the cliche 'keeping up appearances' was strongest in the 1920s and 1930s. Drawing on primary sources, this book records the experiences of dress shopping during the interwar years, and reveals the importance of the dress codes to which both men and women adhered.
Catherine Horwood is an honorary research fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London/AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior and a visiting lecturer at the University of North London. In addition to articles in History Today and the BBC History Magazine, her publications include 'Dressing like a Champion: Women's Tennis Wear in Interwar England', in C. Breward, B. Conekin and C. Cox (eds), The Englishness of English Dress.