Folk-inspired fashions from the magazine “Искусство Одеваться” (The Art of Dressing), mid-late 1920s
Interesting to see that the influence of Russian folk embroidery, which was at its height in Paris from the very late teens into about 1922 -3 due to the influx of White Russian émigrés, continued mid-late in Russian itself. These are beautiful examples - the 1920s geometric silouette really leant itself to being a canvas for this beautiful textile art.
If I am not mistaken, folk motives were made extremely popular in ’20s Soviet fashion by designer Nadezhda Lamanova (In fact, the designs on the top picture are hers, according to the source - I can’t make out the fuzzy text at the bottom, but it’s likely.) She is quite remarkable in that she stayed after the revolution (albeit at the price of a short imprisonment) and went from designing over-the-top fashions for the imperial court to designing fashions for the “new Soviet woman”, including dresses made from towels, shawls and such (although she also continued to design more lavish dresses during the ’20s for the few who could afford it).
Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to find her designs from that period, but, if anyone is interested, I’ve posted a few under this tag, including a few inspired by traditional costume (and others that show how amazingly versatile she was). Also, folk embroidery was used as an affordable way to embellish clothing, and far less offensive to socialist ethics than “bourgeois”/ “NEPman-ish” beadings, sequins, ostrich feathers, etc.
And did I mention that her combination of ultra-simple, modern designs and folk motives snatched up the Grand Prix at the 1925 Arts Decoratifs exhibition?
(I could ramble on about this forever…)