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Russian Vogue and Matryoshka

Russian Vogue and Matryoshka. Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Russian Vogue and Matryoshka

Russian Vogue and Matryoshka
Noteworthy, 31 renowned fashion designers worked on a single task: to recreate the legendary Matryoshka dolls for the tenth anniversary celebration of the Russian Vogue. Important names took part in the project. In particular, Prada, Moschino, Saint Laurent, Armani, Dolce&Gabana, and Oscar de La Renta, among others. They explored a cutting-edge approach to the task. Meanwhile, producing small, contemporary works of art, filled with a cultural connection between Russia’s past and present.
In Russia, they began publishing Vogue since 1998. Mario Testino shot the cover of the first issue, and the cover girl became supermodels Kate Moss and Amber Valletta. And a permanent chief editor until 2010 was Alyona Doletskaya. According to Alyona, her goal was to make Vogue Russian not only in language, but also in the soul. However, it avoids copying American or European versions. Meanwhile, July 29, 2010 the chief editor of Vogue Russia became Victoria Davydova, who also started her career in the Russian edition of Vogue. Besides, with the magazine collaborated Tatiana Sorokko, Victor Pelevin, Andrew Plakhov, Lyudmila Ulitskaya and others.

Alena Akhmadullina. Russian Vogue and Matryoshka

Alena Akhmadullina Matryoshka doll

They were eight small peasants that followed a concept already well known in the country. In particular, hollow objects which contain similar ones inside in progressively smaller sizes (take the Faberge eggs, for instance).

First, each brand produced a sketch. Then, they handed it over to some of the best craftsmen in the country. Produced in wood, measuring 50 cm in height and 60 cm in diameter, the dolls were then hand-painted according to the drawings.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Russian edition of Vogue took place a charity auction of nesting dolls, on the design of which worked the most famous fashion designers homes. The auction took place on November 20. The starting price of nesting dolls height 50 cm – € 5000.

Those small objects traveled through an entire century, adapting themselves to various demands. For example, historical matryoshkas portraying leaders like Khrushchev and Lenin. Also, educational, decorative or commemorative demands, such as Russian Vogue’s. In fact, this shows their the infinite ability to adapt themselves and the many interpretations they can have. Remaining, at the same time, unchanged and never out of date. According to Aliona Doletskaya, each matryoshka is unique and a work of art in itself. Landmark, sculpture, work of art – you can call it whatever you like.

It was its quick popularity and wide spread that made the Matryoshka dolls one of Russia’s most prevailing symbols. The first dolls (credited to Sergei Maliutin) date back to 1890. Inspired by the Japanese wood dolls, he drew a project of one that would have typical clothes and appearance.

Russian Vogue and Matryoshka