Dressed for War: The Story of Vogue Editor Audrey Withers, from the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties by Julie Summers

All cinemas, theatres, concert halls and other public venues were ordered to close … people were discouraged from gathering in large numbers … every member of the public had to carry a gas mask …

These words, which could describe New York City in the spring of 2020, in fact portray London, circa 1939 to 1940, during the period of the Phony War. This was also the backdrop for Audrey Withers’s unlikely ascension to her 20-year reign as British Vogue’s editor, a saga recounted in fine detail by Julie Summers in her new biography, Dressed for War.