At ease, soldier, it’s DC Fashion Week!
This stylish WAC appears courtesy of The Pleasure of Your Company (1970), an Army training film for the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), which covered many pressing fashion & etiquette questions for WACs watching the film, including:
- Can I wear a mini skirt and jewelry when out of uniform?
- Who opens the door first when not in uniform?
- If I go out on a dinner date, who orders? (Hint: It’s not the lady!)
The Pleasure of Your Company, stands as an artifact of an American military and society that were to undergo sweeping changes over the following decade. By the end of the 1970s, the WAC would be integrated into the rest of the Army and society would be on its way to treating women much differently in the workplace. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how far we have come until we take a look back at the films of the past.