A new Moscow fashion exhibit is showcasing the incredible evolution of Soviet couture behind the Iron Curtain from the post World War I era to Perestroika. Spanning seven decades of female coquetry, the retrospective displays sophisticated, Western-inspired dress of the Communists-era elite.
Located at the 16th-century Tsaritsyno estate on the outskirts of the Russian capital, “Fashion behind the Iron Curtain” looks at how Soviet women dealt with silk night gowns for theater, acquired designer items and rummaged for fabric to satisfy their thirst for fashion despite their circumstances.
Open through mid-June, the exhibit features items like a red strapless dress that was worn by Soviet actress Klara Luchko at the 1962 Cannes film festival, a risqué floral mini dress worn by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev’s daughter Galina and ballerina Galina Ulanova’s Salvatore Ferragamo shows. The exhibit also features furs, hats, designer heels and dresses.
The exhibit is curated by Irina Korotkikh who said, “The main purpose is to show to the young and those who lived under the USSR that fashion did exist. Soviet women were elegant in spite of the economic and political situation.”