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America 1930-1939: Fashion Research Article from American Decades

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In 1940 Hawes retired from fashion designing, returning only to create a uniform for Red Cross volunteers in 1942. She turned her attention to writing, penning a column for an afternoon-evening newspaper called PA and writing more books. To gain insight into the plight of women machine operators, she took a night job at an airplane plant during the war and wrote an expose called Why Women Cry; or, Wenches with Wrenches (1943). In 1948 she reentered the fashion world, opening a shop on fashionable Madison Avenue. When she closed the shop in 1949 it marked the end of her professional involvement with fashion. Up to her death in 1971 she designed for herself and for her friends, specializing in hand-knitted separates.

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Caroline Rennolds Milbank, New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style (New York: Abrams, 1989).

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