What did Russians wear in medieval times?
Fashion in Russia, unlike fashion in most Western European countries, was not dictated entirely by the appearance of the clothing. Clothing had to keep the people warm and comfortable and this need is reflected in the preferred Russian styles. In the period between the tenth and eighteenth century, much of Russian fashion also has roots in the various cultures that have dominated the territory over the years. Many styles changed in the transition between the cultures, but a few basics of the Russian costume remained consistent. Beyond the clothing, there are other items that must be considered in a survey of the Russian costume, items such as footwear, headwear, and jewelry. The trends popular among the people do not fully represent the fashion trends seen in the court, therefore the fashion of the court must be considered separately. The fashion trends that held sway over Russian dress were diverse and many, resulting in a rich history of traditional Russian clothing.