WAVES Walking In Front of the NYC Skyline
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.
Wars & Conflicts
- World War II 1939-1945
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