A Woman’s War combines the intricacies of high end wartime fashion with the surrealist and fractured life of the beautiful model turned photographer, Lee Miller. We get to see Lee Miller, the model with a penchant for slightly provocative hedonistic pre-war images turn into Lee Miller, the war correspondent reporting from the frontlines of St Malo and the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Dachau.
Her distinctive and revealing pictures of women and men during World War II are a true eye-opener showing the devastation of war and the role and empowerment of women during this time. Her surrealist work is particularly thought provoking (see above – Lee Miller in Hitler’s bathtub on the day he died in 1945).
I cannot recommend this exhibition enough – it is an engrossing and enlightening combination of fashion, female empowerment, wartime reality and political and social commentary.
The exhibition is on now until 24 April 2016 at the (newly refurbished) Imperial War Museum.
Photo: Lee Miller in Hitler’s bathtub, Munich 1945. By Lee Miller with David E Scherman. (c) Lee Miller Archives, England 2015