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Peter the Fashion enforcer
russian boyarPage 48 portrays the typical long coat worn by the russian nobles before Peter started dictating fashion advice. Peter ordered his subjects to adobt French or Saxton cut clothes and German wastecoats, boots and hats. Ladies were also forced to adobt western fashions including cumbersome petticoats. The only problem with this enforced fashion is that it wasn't very suitable for the cold Russian weather. Russia nobles were used to wearing warm sheepskin robes so Peter's fashion decrees left many nobles freezing their behinds off.

Peter the greatPeter also is never seen in any of his portraits wearing a beard. After a whirlwind trip to Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Copenhagen, Venice, and London Peter noticed that noone was wearing beards. He began to see beards as a thing of the past and ordered all his subject to go for a trim. Peter hated beards so much that he would rip a beard out by the roots if he caught anyone wearing one. He thought mustaches were much more civilized.


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Peter the Barber
Peter the Barber

In 1705, Peter implemented a "decree on the shaving of beards ". It stated that, with the exception of the clergy, anyone caught wearing a beard was to be fined 30 rubles. You were allowed to keep your beard if you paid a "beard tax". Read more about Peter the Great>>

 
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