AKA: Russian Revolution style
How to say it: zhi-vah-go
- mid-calf length
- trimmed at neck, cuffs and hem with fur
- frog closures
…of the style: The coat is inspired by the costumes from the film Dr. Zhivago. The film released in 1965 is an adaption of the 1957 book of the same name by Boris Pasternak about the Russian Revolution in 1917. The costumes were designed by Phyllis Dalton and inspired the ‘Zhivago look’ in the fashion world. Designers from Christian Dior to Chanel to Yves Saint Lauren have used the Russian Revolution and the Zhivago look to inspire their runway collections from as early as 1966 and while it is not a look that is always around, it has had a recent resurgence thanks to the film Anna Karenina and the lavish costumes involved in the film.
…of the name: The look was inspired by the film Dr Zhivago, hence the name.
21st Century Zhivago Coats
Fur trimmed and fabulous, the Zhivago comes and goes, but never fully disappears.
Top Row – Chanel, Costume National
Bottom Row – Kenzo, Vanessa Bruno