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Siren suit and belt

Siren suit and belt

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1940-1945 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool with metal zip.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Carol B. Ellen

  • Museum number:

    T.276:1, 2-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

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

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1940-1945 (made)


Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool with metal zip.


Weight: 1.56 kg

Descriptive line

Siren suit of wool with a zip and a belt, retailed by Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd, Great Britain, 1940-1945

Labels and date

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
V&A: T.276:1&2-1996
Given by Mrs Carol B. Ellen [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]


Wool (textile); Metal


Men's clothes; Fashion; Accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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