The Soviet Schoolgirl Uniform Makes a Cameo in Tbilisi, Georgia
November 12, 2016 - School Uniform
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It’s been a while given I’ve seen a Soviet Union schoolgirl uniform in a flesh. For a uninitiated, it resembles a stereotypical masculine anticipation of a French maid’s uniform: There’s a long-sleeved dress, typically brownish-red or navy; a white pinafore; a proper edging collar; and off-hand scatter sleeves. During my year abroad vital in a now Russia-annexed, Crimean village, we indeed wore a series to my internal high school’s graduation. we was extravagantly worried in a revealing, thigh-skimming look: It was a distant cry from a sexless American graduation shrouds and mortarboards my peers were receiving their diplomas in. But, hey, this was Russian tradition—and during a Soviet Union, a uniform was imperative for propagandize girls in center and high school. One day out of a year and for custom’s sake, we couldn’t complain.
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Turns out, we was on trend roughly 10 years ago. The stylist and Vladivostok-native Lotta Volkova wore a chronicle of a dress with an über-short hem on a Fall 2016 Vetements runway. Fast-forward half a year, and a square has done a quip in a former Soviet commonwealth of Georgia during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, that we attended. Georgian labels reimagined a demeanour in reduction approach ways than Vetements: At Nino Babukhadia, a uniform’s conformation came in line-up blue and sans apron for a some-more complicated effect. Russian engineer Alexander Arutyunov gave a dress a hammer-and-sickle diagnosis with a proletarian-friendly wheat-stalk print. The many epitome and cold chronicle came from immature tag Situationist in a form of a black leather cloak with a flared-out bib.
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Come to consider of it, a schoolgirl uniform has been a bit of a thing for a while and not usually in Russia. Japan has prolonged had a emplacement on a buttoned-up look. Harajuku girls have a knack for adding some gift to their uniforms, throwing dumb accessories or splendid kerchiefs into a mix. Rei Kawakubo, for her part, featured a schoolgirl demeanour on a Spring 2016 Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons runway. One could argue, in fact, that Kawakubo’s whole oeuvre has been sensitive by schoolgirl uniforms. Back to a chalkboard.