This book shows examples of Russian dress and accessories from the 15th to the early 20th century. Derived from the collection of the State Historical Museum and covering both dress worn in the countryside and in the city, this book is a feast of patterns and fine detail. The first part of the book shows traditional Russian dress which was worn by all Russian peasants, by the urban petit bourgeoisie and by merchants. This type of clothing became accepted as national dress. In the towns and cities, dress was influenced by the Parisian styles but interpreted by Russian seamstresses reflecting the love of bright colours, multi-coloured patterns and decorative features in evidence in traditional dress. The second part of the book presents examples of the western-inspired urban dress. 'Russian Elegance' pretends to be a resource for fashion designers, artists, fashion historians, set and costume designers, or anyone interested in these designs.