Those who have been following my blog know that my biography about Angelica Balabanoff The Strange Comrade Balabanoff: The Life of a Communist Rebel has been published by McFarland Publishers in June. To celebrate the book launch, for the time being I will dedicate my blog to various themes about Angelica including her friends, her hobbies and her recipes.
I would like to devote today’s article to Angelica’s minimalist wardrobe and her style which was just as audacious as she was. She had never liked shopping and had a very simple daily routine. “Angelica had been allergic to fashion from the time she had been forced to accompany her mother on the endless shopping tours in Chernigov. Angelica’s choice of simple clothing was clearly made to underline her new social status as a ‘working girl.’ Following a general ‘socialist-democratic fashion,’ she wore long, loose-fitting skirts, even if they made her look more voluminous than she was, simple turban-draped covers for her head, to avoid constantly brushing her hair, and an occasional long necklace.”* Nonetheless, she was a modern and avantgarde woman though not necessarily always elegant. Throughout the years she managed to create her own style which was as daring as her personality. She wore reality not clothes. Many of us try to look like someone else or from time to time possess fashionable clothing items. Angelica did not want to look like anyone else. She remained true to her own self. In this sense she created her own style. Her wardrobe consisted of a few dresses, a few pairs of shoes, a coat and a pair of stockings for winter. Her choice of colors was reduced to black and white, at times she opted for red and light beige. She often wore printed dresses. However her clothing corresponded to the image that she had of herself, the image she tried to convey to the general public – that of a simple hard-working woman. Today Angelica’s wardrobe would have consisted of a few white and printed t-shirts, a pair of jeans, a skirt, and a few pairs of shoes. Simple and timeless, just as Angelica.
To learn more about Angelica go to the page About Angelica.
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(extract from the biography about Angelica – The Strange Comrade Balabanoff: The Life of a Communist Rebel )