October 19, 2009
Dior meets the USSR
A little over a year ago, Google released previously unseen photographs from 'LIFE' Magazine. Some of the collection included images from photographer Howard Sochurek.
In July of '59 Sochurek traveled to Moscow during the Christian Dior show.
In 1959, the Soviet Union officially allowed fashion shows, and stopped persecution of people in trendy clothes. That decision created a new atmosphere and allowed Madame Suzanne Lulling, the head of Dior Salon at the time, to organize a fashion show in Moscow.
The show, held at the House of Culture "Wings of the Soviet" was decorated in the French colors and hosted the 11,000 highest and most elite of the soviet party.
As a part of the visit and as a teaser for the big runway show, 3 out of the 12 models walked the city in the latest Dior couture. It was truly a momentous occasion as Sochurek documented the clash of cultures and fashion.