Table of contents:
- Nina Khrushcheva
- Victoria Brezhneva
- Raisa Gorbacheva
- Naina Yeltsina
- Lyudmila Putina
- Svetlana Medvedeva
The country's first lady always attracts increased attention. People are interested in knowing everything about her, and the first thing that gets into the target of public attention is, of course, the outfits in which the first lady appears in public. Before Nikita Khrushchev came to power, Soviet leaders did not publish their spouses, but then everything changed.
Nina KhrushchevaIn Nina Khrushcheva, it was hard to recognize the wife of the head of state - she always dressed very simply, looked like the most ordinary Soviet women workers. During visits abroad, such an appearance of the Soviet leader's wife shocked the public. The media scolded that next to the elegant wife of the President of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nina Petrovna looked "a poor relative who came to visit from the provinces."
But at the same time, no one recalled that Nina Petrovna was 30 years older than Jacqueline, and, unlike an American, she was not interested in fashion trends. There were decent outfits in her wardrobe, but she did not like to stand out. By the way, Khrushchev's wife became the first Soviet "first lady" who attended official receptions with her husband and traveled abroad with him.
In the Soviet Union, they disliked her - they composed jokes, laughed at her travels with her husband, considering her an uneducated woman. She was modest, but you definitely cannot call her a simpleton. Nina Petrovna was fluent in Polish and French, fluent in English, which allowed her to communicate freely with the American couple. And Rockefeller himself was surprised at how Nina Petrovna understands economic issues.
Victoria BrezhnevaVictoria Brezhneva did not like to go out, she was much closer to home gatherings. She was a kind of invisible wife, preferring to remain in the shadow of a famous husband.
There was no question of some special fashionable clothes. Brezhnev, like millions of her compatriots, dressed modestly. She wore classic jackets, full-length, mid-calf and short-sleeved dresses, and flowered suits. She did not wear jewelry. And although it was not possible to call her a beauty even if desired, Leonid Ilyich could not live a day without his Viti (as he called her). She never interfered in political affairs, always remaining an ideal mistress, mother and grandmother.
Viktoria Petrovna was last seen in public on the day of Leonid Ilyich's funeral, which was broadcast on television live. From the newspapers, the photograph of the Brezhnev family was published only by Moscow News, which was published in English.
Raisa GorbachevaThe first, the last, the only one is about the wife of the first and last president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Raisa Maksimovna who managed to prove to the world that a Soviet woman can be refined, elegant, and intelligent. And in the choice of clothes as well.
And although in those years in the USSR there was no time for glamor, the first lady of the USSR always looked sophisticated. And this caused envy and a flurry of negative emotions among Soviet women, who could not afford such things.
Raisa Maksimovna made friends with the real legends of the fashion industry - Pierre Cardin and Yves-Saint Laurent, but she always wore only the products of domestic enterprises. All outfits were sewn for her in the Model House on Kuznetsky Most, she actively supported the then young fashion designer Vyacheslav Zaitsev.
Western journalists called her “a communist lady with Parisian chic. In the wardrobe, she preferred silk blouses with a bow, elegant two-piece suits and stylish hats. And it's worth saying that all her outfits would look very good today. LEARN MORE about the novel by Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife …
Naina YeltsinaThe main character trait of Naina Yeltsina was modesty. This was evident in the choice of clothing. The outfits of the first lady of Russia have always been laconic and versatile. She preferred skirts with jackets and trouser suits in plain colors.
And although she did not become an icon of style, she was never lost against the background of other ladies from high society, she always looked very dignified.
Lyudmila PutinaThe style of the former wife of the current president of the Russian Federation was not discussed except by the lazy one. Lyudmila Putina (now Ocheretnaya) quite often shocked the audience with her choice of clothes. Sometimes it seemed that this charming and attractive woman was deliberately putting on ridiculous things that did not suit her at all. You can remember very little of her successful images.
With a fairly large addition, she chose year skirts, jackets with ruffles and tights in beige with a treacherous sheen of Lycra. Of Putin's shoes, she preferred pointed shoes, ankle boots and low-heeled ankle boots. When Lady Putin was asked who her favorite fashion stylist was, she always replied that she trusts her own taste and the Kremlin tailors more. As a result, her outfits looked as bulky as the statement sounded.
In addition, Lyudmila Putina has repeatedly demonstrated an elementary ignorance of the rules of fashionable etiquette. For a long time they could not forget her visit to the British Queen, during which her outfit differed little from that of Elizabeth II.
Svetlana MedvedevaSvetlana Medvedeva, like her predecessor, was very fond of shiny fabrics and at the same time forgot about the dangerous property of this texture - to add extra pounds visually.
But in fairness it should be said that the images of Svetlana Medvedeva were much more elegant and less fancy than those of Putin. She was saved by classic silhouettes, light shades and advice from Valentin Yudashkin.
About, what dishes did the Soviet leaders like not everyone knew, and even in the most difficult years, the Kremlin held sumptuous receptions. However, in everyday life, many of the first persons of the USSR were completely unpretentious.