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Monday, July 16, 2012

Propaganda and Fashion: The Cold War Edition

This time we visit the Soviet Union for more evidence of propaganda and textile design. The books Soviet Textiles: Designing the Modern Utopia and Soviet Costume and Textiles: 1917-1945 discuss how Soviet textile manufacturers in the 1920s and 1930s produced fabric designed to promote Soviet ideologies . According to Pamela Jill Kachurin, author of Soviet Textiles,the purpose of the textiles was to assist in the dissemination of Soviet ideals and to transform the wearer into a model Soviet citizen. Most of the designs featured in the books show dynamic patterns with bold colors. Popular motifs were smokestakes, airplanes, and Young Pioneers. Others show peasants harvesting their crops for the collective.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

 From page 194 of Soviet Costume and Textiles: 1917-1945: Anonymous designer. The Red Navy, Late 1920s. Printed on cotton.



 From page 69 of Soviet Textiles: Designing the Modern Utopia: Young Pioneers Rally. 1928-29. Printed on cotton.


  From page 197 of Soviet Costume and Textiles: 1917-1945: Designed by N. Sokolov. Airplanes. 1932. Printed on cotton.


From page 77 of Soviet Textiles: Designing the Modern Utopia: Designed by Marya Anufrieva. Women Harvesting. 1928-1932. Printed on cotton.

Check out the books if you get a chance. In addition to the textile designs, the Soviet Costume and Textiles book also has plenty of colorful fashion sketches from the 20s and 30s.





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