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WAVES Walking In Front of the NYC Skyline

Two women in dress whites walking in front of the New York City skyline
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by John Falter; C. 1944; Framed Dimensions 40H X 28W
Accession #: 45-127-M
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The Navy used this painting to print 40,000 posters and 45,000 window cards in July 1944.  Just as with men, the Navy regulated all aspects of a WAVES physical appearance. By 1944, each enlistee owned four uniforms: summer dress whites, as shown in this painting and poster; summer greys; working blues; and dress blues. Noted fashion designer Mainbocher donated his designs to the Navy for WAVES uniforms. WAVES wore their hair short, since Naval regulations required that hair not fall below their collars. Yet, the Navy encouraged WAVES to wear feminine haircuts, gloves and skirts.

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  • Art
Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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