Those born with artistic taste and a love of all beauty were doomed if they were born in the Soviet Union. Practicality and uniformity dictated all spheres of life, including fashion. Our heroes begged to differ, becoming the vivid flecks on the Iron Curtain’s drab surface.
Conflicts rage both in the world and in the hearts of RT reporters. Paula Slier heads to the West Bank. She explains how her inner nice person clashes with her as a journalist expecting violence. Thabang Motsei is torn between her love of clothes and her pity for animals as she visits a fur factory in Siberia.
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and its opulent ball portrayals, James Brown decides to delve into the Russian ballroom culture. He learns the dress code of a traditional ball, its etiquette and even a fan language: a code that female ball-regulars used to communicate with their admirers.