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By the fall of 1944, not long after the Allies had routed German forces from Paris and while the post-Normandy push eastward toward Berlin rolled on, it was clear to anyone and everyone that the end of the Second World War—in Europe, at least—was truly, finally in sight. In its Oct. 16, 1944, issue, meanwhile, TIME magazine put some of this good news in perspective with a look at the fall fashion shows taking place in newly liberated Paris—shows that illustrated both the centrality of style to the Gallic way of life, and the deprivations that designers and their customers were forced to endure at a time when, after all, the continent was still at war.

Read more: Fashion in Post-War Paris: Black Lace and Woolen Undies |

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