A Modern Take on Historical Folk Dressing

While searching Europe for young, under-the-radar designers, Clothia's team has discovered amazing talent out of Russia.  Across St. Petersburg, Moscow, and elsewhere in the country, there is amazing, creative emerging design talent.

One interesting thing we noticed is that many of them place a lot of emphasis on the sleeves of their garments.  Whether voluminous or extra long, the sleeves are the focal point for many of these designers' work so we decided to investigate!

The style comes from historical Russian costume, specifically a women's garment called a sarafan. Originating in Persia before being brought to Russia and adapted to the various climates and geographies of the region, you may recognize the modern version of the sarafan from folk dances and matryoshka (the wooden stacking) dolls.

The long sleeves often served as a signifier of the wearers' wealth - the longer and more ornate the sleeves, the wealthier the family of the wearer. The sleeves would then be pushed up and become quite voluminous (like we see on the Sharuk balloon sleeve dresses below) or they would be slit up the front allowing the hands out, similar to a cape.The extra long arms also had a function: to protect the hands and arms from the elements!

Check out and shop the our designers' modern take on this traditional garment below!

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  • Net Ruffle Dress
    Net Ruffle Dress
    Regular price
    $375
    Sale price
    $375
  • Fringe Tiered Dress
    Fringe Tiered Dress
    Regular price
    $315
    Sale price
    $315
  • Net Cuff Sweatshirt
    Net Cuff Sweatshirt
    Regular price
    $325
    Sale price
    $325
  • Sequin and Tulle Trim Tweed Top - Blue
    Sequin and Tulle Trim Tweed Top - Blue
    Regular price
    $245
    Sale price
    $245
  • Smock Jacket
    Smock Jacket
    Vendor
    MUUS
    Regular price
    $200
    Sale price
    $200
  • Balloon Sleeve Dress - Black
    Balloon Sleeve Dress - Black
    Regular price
    $410
    Sale price
    $410
  • Rose Empire Dress
    Rose Empire Dress
    Regular price
    $490
    Sale price
    $490
  • Net Ruffle Off Shoulder Top
    Net Ruffle Off Shoulder Top
    Regular price
    $210
    Sale price
    $210

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