"We were isolated from the world (during Soviet times)," said Tatyana Mikhalkova, the wife of Oscar-winning film director and president of Russian Silhouette, a charity she set up to give funding to young Russian designers.
"People now like to dress from another time, like the time of (Empress) Catherine the Great," said Mikhalkova, who counts future first lady and public Russian fashion supporter Svetlana Medvedeva in her close circle of friends.
SLOW SUCCESS ABROAD
Russian fashion, like other facets of the country's art, is gaining popularity and spreading in interest as Russia undergoes its longest economic boom in more than a generation, fuelled by high oil prices.
But Fashion Week, which was set up 15 years ago to compete with other fashion footholds and Paris, fell short of the international glamour such cities receive.