Jane Tynan

University of the Arts London
Jane Tynan is a Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London. She has published on aspects of art, design, fashion and the body. Her new book British army uniform and the First World War: Men in Khaki was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2013. It offers new perspectives on the cultural history of the First World War through the uniforms worn by British combatants on the western front. Here, she argues that khaki became a significant part of war experience, which embodied gender, social class and ethnicity, impacted the tailoring trade and became a touchstone for pacifist resistance. She is currently working on a project exploring images of rebels and insurgents.

Current Crafts Craze Echoes World War I Knitting Projects

  The rise of stitch and knit clubs, guerilla knitting, yarn bombing and calls to knit sweaters for oil-spill affected penguins have all drawn attention to craft as a force for social change. Knitting is mobile, sociable, inexpensive, and now … Continue reading

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When they ran out of khaki: improvised uniforms and Kitchener Blue

As Britain prepared for war, photographs of men queuing up at recruiting depots captured the drama of mobilization. Less apparent were the problems; in truth the army came under extreme pressure to recruit, train, clothe and equip masses of inexperienced … Continue reading

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Why First World War soldiers wore khaki

Khaki uniform may not be regarded a design classic but it has, in many ways, shaped our memory of the First World War. Perhaps design historians overlook khaki because it is, by definition, inconspicuous. Invented to disguise and conceal soldiers … Continue reading

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