Dreamed about them all women.
In the movies, which are now called the classics of Soviet cinema, often not only heroes, but even their costumes have become legendary: they were considered a model of style and a role model. Fashion is dictated not by designers and fashion models on the runway, but the iconic characters from the film “carnival night”, “Ivan Vasilyevich changes occupation”, “Irony of fate”, “Office romance”, etc. to create these outfits had to work hard to fashion designers and costume designers behind the scenes.
Lyudmila Gurchenko was a style icon both in life and on the screen. Her every appearance was striking and memorable. Already in his debut film “carnival night” she had to gasp all the fashionistas of the 1950s – they came to the cinema with notepads to sketch dresses Lena Krylova. Young Gurchenko was so stunning in a black dress that came the rumors: the outfits she has created Christian Dior. In fact, all of them were made in Moscow, although the “new look” style was really dorovski: full skirt and narrow waist in the West have become fashion trends in the 1940s the artistic Director of the painting was Konstantin Efimov, who had previously worked on the films “Volga-Volga” and “Spring”, with him on creating the image of Lena Krylova worked a whole team of costume designers.
After this film was born the myth that waist Gurchenko was 47 cm, but the illusion created waist and very full skirt. Dressmaker actress claims that actually it was a 58 cm, though these options are impressive! Unfortunately, the famous dress has not been preserved, but many other outfits Gurchenko was in the collection of fashion historian Alexander Vasiliev.
One of the most stylish heroines of the Soviet cinema became Zinochka from the Comedy “Ivan Vasilyevich changes occupation”. This role was played by actress Natalya Selezneva, who looked so impressive that her outfits pay no less attention than herself. And it happened due to the fact that the dresses for her character created a beginner at that time fashion designer Vyacheslav Zaitsev. The most daring outfit was a red t-shirt dress, worn over top. In the end, the image of Zina’s home created a furor: ladies sewed a dress with geometric prints and white Trouser suits, and sandals Roman women and umbrella-cane entrenched in fashion until the mid-1980s.
In the second part of the movie “Office romance” even “hag” had to look stylish. Ridiculous outfits for Ludmila Prokofyevna was up with the whole team, led by Alisa Freindlich, but to transform it helped Vyacheslav Zaitsev. They say that he created the gown for her finale. The actress admitted: “After “Office romance” I really got a lot of letters in which women wrote, “After your movie, we immediately went to the Barber, made him a haircut, and had made herself a dress and even brought herself up”. Plaid dress with large buttons became fashionable trend of the 1970s.
A lot of controversy to this day is “holiday” dress Nadia Sheveleva in the film “Irony of fate or With light steam!”. Modern fashionistas it does not seem neither elegant nor stylish, but at the end of the 1970s Nadia for a simple teacher looked trendy and even European: Yves Saint Laurent made Safari style fashion trend in the West. The woman was looking for a pattern to sew a dress, “the nadis”, a crepe or fine wool, worn chain “bamboo stalk” and did the same hairstyle with rootstock tubing. The Barbara Brylska did not consider this outfit the original and didn’t want it to appear on the screens. Especially because to her in that dress already starred another actress in the film “Dangerous corner”, however, when it has caused such a resonance. The author of the outfit was the costume designer Olga Kruchinina. For Nadia Sheveleva she shortened the dress, cut hem made the belt and changed the buttons.
But oversized hat, his cap of red foxes has become a fashionable trend for many years, as well as the cap of a stack of Fox, who was the heroine of Valentina Talyzina. Similar styles can be found even in our days.
The costumes for the film “Moscow to tears does not believe” worked Zhanna Melkonyan. Many difficulties arose when it was required to get the material that is not on the shelves. So, a nylon jacket for the heroine Alentova was made from material intended for school collar: “had Great difficulty to win this piece of nylon – it was impossible just to come and pick up because they have all the footage was painted”.
Zhanna Melkonyan said: “we, of the costume, behind the scenes called “children of the underground”… Artists ran “the dungeon” – sewing, prop, saddlery, dyeing workshop… Not control the order – so wait… It was very heavy work. The country had a total deficit, and the costume worked wonders, because the use was only possible for the Soviet materials… When working on sketches found the right decision to keep the graphic designs fabrics of the fifties, but completely change the silhouette. This was the base of all work on the costumes in the first part of the picture. Fabrics of those years were in a warehouse in the suburbs… Dress Ludmila sewn from a necktie fabric, which in principle is not practiced. In the great hall of the Lenin library she’s fashionably-tacky, slightly provincial, overdressed – her image was flawless and awkward. We tried it: Ludmila very funny and touching in this scene… And for tailoring grey tweed three-piece suit for Catherine had gone ten or twelve pairs of men’s pants”.