Dress in old photographs

I love to collect old photos of people from the countries that fascinate me – ie from all over central and eastern Europe – particularly ones which show interesting forms of dress.

One of my talks (‘Freedom Fighters, Folk Revival & Fashionistas’) is about the development and significance of regional or national dress in eastern Europe. I include several of these kinds of photograph, which have much to say about national identity at a certain point in history, as well as about ideas of fashion and what you should wear to have a formal photograph taken…

romanian-beauty

Romania

moo-2

Slovenia

moo-1

Bulgaria

bulgarian-children

Bulgaria

latvian-boy

Russian Empire (Latvia)

Here are some more favourite images from my collection:

moscow-ponomarev

Russia (Moscow)

ljubljana-children

Slovenia

hussar-and-bride

Bulgaria (Oryahovitsa)

bloomer-girls

Russian Empire (Estonia?)

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to Dress in old photographs
  1. Hilkka Öhman-Mäki
    April 23, 2014 | 3:14 pm

    The last photo looks like it could be Estonia (or Finnish). In the beginning of 20th century ladies gymnastic was very popular in Finland and I think in Estonia, too. The dresses look so much the same I have seen in old Finnish photos. Women were very eager to have a healthy soul in a healthy body. Of course they didn´t drink any alcohol and they wanted to have jobs and study as much as men.
    I think that in this photo two modern friends have wanted to show how strong and free they want to be. Maybe they have been in photo shop in secret, because their mothers haven’t approved a photo like this!

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