The Soviet Union was not renowned for its fashionable clothing. However, after the World War II the Soviet Government opened several parallel organizations of fashion design with fashion houses and ateliers all over the country. The post-war decades witnessed debates on destalinization, economic and social reforms and the increasing importance of the public opinion. The cold war and the peaceful competition between the two systems left their marks on clothes fashion too. Fashion offers a good insight into Soviet economic planning. Using a great variety of historical sources the book analyzes the economic, social and cultural conditions of Soviet fashion which faced many problems but had also real achievements to show.