Symbols of a Man

Today, we so eagerly associate shaving with the concept of the modern hardworking man. For Russia in the late 1600’s however, it was quite the opposite. Up until 1700 the fullness of a mans beard was a marker of his place in the Russian society as a capable and respected man. It was in that year that Czar Peter I revolutionized the culture of high scoiety by modeling the fashions of his royal court to fit the examples of the French “La Mode.” This included not only new dress regulations, but also the trimming of all beards.