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Blue Jeans, Kostroma, Russia, 1992

Photo: Blue Jeans
A young woman in Kostroma, Russia, reclines in a car while listening to music.

This city, located on the Volga River about 211 miles (340 kilometers) northeast of Moscow, is the center of Russia's textile industry. As such, residents here were quick to adopt Western styles, like the tight blue jeans and fashionable high heels worn by this woman, during the years following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "A Russian Voyage: From the White to the Black Sea," June 1994, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by James P. Blair

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