It was especially hard in the 1930s – 1940s: dressing was not easy. There was nothing to buy in stores, people had to sew to order, so the best prize or gift at that time was fabric cuts.
In the post-war decade, feminine flowerdotted and spotted dresses made of silk and chintz became popular. For that, a special hairstyle was required – two braids, laid in the back like a basket.
In Norilsk, to demonstrate self-made dresses, they organized chintz or staple balls in summer: a hybrid of a dance evening and a model competition. And the students of the Norilsk technical school were lucky to have a free uniform. 1950s fashion was: top – a jacket, bottom – trousers with arrows or harem pants, short boots or tarpaulin knee-high boots.
Polar specificity manifested itself in outerwear and headdresses. For example, woolen coats were decorated with detachable astrakhan collars.
In the 1960s, a Hantayka store was opened on Lenin prospekt, selling fur hats and coats. For men, there were organized exhibitions and sales of hats.
The main fashion of the 1970s was the sheepskin coat. It was warm and demonstrated prosperity.
In the 1980s, real fashion shows were held in Norilsk. The roles of fashion models were played by saleswomen and waitresses. The 1987 photo shows a demonstration of clothing models on the porch of the Norilsk cinema: stiletto heels were a terrible shortage.
For other materials of our photo project about the history of Norilsk and the combine, go to the History spot section.
Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive