WW2: Luminous Buttons
The effects of war were not all of a restrictive nature; some changes were of a positive, adaptive nature. According to https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-clothes-rationing-affected-fashion-in-the-second-world-war blackouts in England even before the declaration of war, in fear of German bombing, had caused foreseeable hazards at night. This prompted a safety campaign urging the wearing of white clothing at night to aid visability. Another trend was the adopting of luminescent accessories. These had been reported as a fashion novelty as earlier as 1932 as a spray on phosphorous hair powder, to make women’s hair glow in the dark! Blackouts would have encouraged a return to this novelty.
The Age (Melbourne), 18th January 1938 page 3.
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