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Members’ Film Series | Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II

Inspired by Mainbocher’s military service and contributions, discover the important role of women during World War II.

Equal pay as men. Designer clothes by Mainbocher. And, eventually, respect. In Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II (2012), discover the story about the Greatest Generation that you haven’t heard. Get to know the independent and determined women who went where no women had gone before—into the US Navy as WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. Before the screening, director Kathleen Ryan discusses the making of the film with CHM curator of costume Petra SlinkardRunning time: 56 minutes

5:00 p.m. Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier open for viewing
6:00 p.m. Presentation followed by film screening

Navy WAVES uniforms designed by Mainbocher. ICHi-89032
Group portrait of Margaret Heing Abramson, Jean Puffer, and a U.S. Navy nurse, 1945. Margaret Heing Abramson is dressed in a U.S. Navy WAVES uniform designed by Mainbocher.
Homefront Heroines (2012)

The Details



9 th

5:00 p.m. Exhibition Open 6:00 p.m. Screening



$ 15

$10 Members

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

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