Siren Suit and Belt thumbnail 1
Siren Suit and Belt thumbnail 2
Not currently on display at the V&A

Siren Suit and Belt

1940-1945 (made)
Place of origin

Camel-coloured siren suit of wool with a zip and a belt.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Siren Suit
  • Belt
Materials and techniques
Wool with metal zip.
Brief description
Siren suit of wool with a zip and a belt, retailed by Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd, Great Britain, 1940-1945
Physical description
Camel-coloured siren suit of wool with a zip and a belt.
  • Weight: 1.56kg
  • Waist measured inside garment circumference: 102cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Chest measured inside garment circumference: 127cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Nape waist length: 50cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Sleeve length shoulder to cuff length: 63cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Sleeve length underarm to cuff length: 47cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Cuff circumference: 24cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Outside leg length: 106cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Inside leg length: 75cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Crotch depth (front waist to back waist through crotch) length: 84cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
Gallery label
Adapting to wartime One-piece shelter or siren suits were introduced during the Second World War. They could be quickly put on over nightclothes or underwear and a sweater, when sirens warned people to take shelter from aerial bombing. Usually tailored, they were functional, warm and smart. Man's shelter suit Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd Britain, London, about 1942-5 Wool V&A: T.276:1&2-1996 Given by Mrs Carol B. Ellen(16/04/2016-12/03/2017)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Carol B. Ellen
Accession number
T.276:1, 2-1996

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest feedback

Record createdAugust 16, 2004
Record URL
Download as: JSONIIIF Manifest