Last updated: 30 november, 2010 - 12:35 GMT

The struggle to be fashionable in the Eastern Bloc

Images from Fashion East: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism by Djurdja Bartlett, published by MIT Press

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What do the clothes people wear say about a society?

Do high heels and mini-skirts, drainpipes or flares signify anything about the politics of a country?

A new book, Fashion East: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism, focuses on the fashion of the old Eastern Bloc; and how following it was sometimes an act of sedition in itself.

Its author is Dr Djurdja Bartlett of the London College of Fashion.

First broadcast 24 November 2010

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