Kiev, Ukraine – Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenki, the former prime minister know for her love of designer dresses and high heels, …called the new government dress code “laughable”. You can understand Ms. Tymoshenki’s response when you realize that she appeared on the front cover of Elle magazine Ukrane in 2005.This is from an article by James Marson regarding the new dress code for cabinet of ministers employees. An aid called the code “archaic” and was quoted as saying, “Everyone should have a sense of moderation. If they don’t have it, it’s worth considering whether such a person should be employed in government service.”
The code includes a ban on mini skirts and high heels and calls for employees to maintain a “responsible appearance”. There is lengthy instruction on moderation of dress include instructions for men as well. They are advised to have at least three suits in subtle colors; for work, for summer and for weekends. Plunging necklines are out for ladies as are see-through garments. It is also suggested to tone down perfume and makeup. And, of course, one must not wear the same outfit two days in a row.
What makes this more amusing is when you understand the Russian woman’s fashion mentality. My friend Nina Gleyser who owns Nina’s Couture in Buckhead says that fashion is all-important to Russian women.
Before coming to the United States, Nina had a thriving Couture business in St. Petersburg where women came from all over the USSR and Europe to purchase her designs. She told me that a Russian woman would not even take out the trash in the morning without having her make-up fully applied and being fashionably dressed. Nina also said that they would cut back on food and other necessities in order to be fashionably dressed.
When we were in Russia some ten or fifteen years ago, I observed that the ladies were all wearing fashionable clothing, heels, make-up and well coiffed hair. Just an aside: when women reached a certain unknown age, they transformed into the babushka – wearing a raincoat with a head- scarf, no make-up and “sensible” shoes. There was no transition. No in between. Poof! They were babushkas!
Although Ukraine is no longer a part of Russia, I get the impression that the women follow the Russian sense of style. Russia today is one of the biggest importers of couture from Paris and Milan. They lead the world in consumption of high-end fashion design.
It will be interesting to see if these new rules are followed. Ukrainian politicians are not known for their decorum in Parliament. Last April a dispute descended into egg-throwing, fisticuffs and torn shirts!
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