Despite all the achievements of Russian fashion designers, the world still considers the phenomenon of “Russian Fashion” as something between “impossible” and “the most impossible” (somewhere between an alien invasion and world economic stability).
Reading comments to this photo makes it clear that the audience is puzzled, considering this French woman’s outfit ugly. When it turns out that the woman is Russian, critics with a sigh of relief admit, “Russian? That explains everything”. Of course, practically everyone can fail putting together a great outfit. But, can we judge Russian fashion by some celebrities’ outfits?
If it were a Frenchwoman or an American, I bet everyone would feel sorry for her, asking, “Why so pale?” admitting it’s just not her day, and giving some practical advice on improving the outfit. If it’s Russian, a sentence is adamant, “No go!”
Let’s consider another example.
All comments admire in unison her sense of style, lavishly complimenting her outfit. When it turns out that the girl is Russian, the fact is followed by poorly concealed amazement, “Russian? Are you kidding me?” If a Russian girl with well-crafted wardrobe and dainty sense of style shows up to a social event, she seems to be an exception only proving the rule.
Let’s compare a conception of a typical Russian grandma (age 65) and a photo of French woman Fanny Ardant (age 65), who claims that the blade of a surgical knife has never touched her face.
The only questions is Why? Well, one more is How?
WHY did so sad stereotype form about Russian women?
HOW can we get rid of it?