Changing Fashions in Russia

One of the most interesting (and amusing) things I read in the article was how Elizabeth of Russia could “not tolerate any competition” so she would cut or shave the hair of a female that challenged her in fashion or looks. This seems very extreme, and is an example of what Strakhov might of mocked in his satyrs.

I also found it fascinating how much clothing, and the expectations of dress for a Russian male or female, changed between monarchs. Some kings/queens wanted Russian nobles to dress according to European styles, while others wanted to invoke patriotism by bringing back traditional Russian dress. Political policy really went hand in hand with clothing and a vestmentary system in Russia.