By the late 1980s the Soviet Union was already running on borrowed time and by 1991 the Iron Curtain came crashing down on the whole show altogether. The after effects from that system of rule which for much of the 20th century existed in firm opposition to the West can be felt to this day. Look no further than the December 2016 issue of Vogue Russia for such evidence in a couture story by photographer Txema Yeste featuring who else but Lili Sumner. The editorial’s title when translated from Russian roughly means “Dreams of Something Greater,” which is also the name of a song that imagines a life outside of the influence of Soviet rule. Without delving any deeper into the heady subject of Postcommunism, suffice it to say the sight of Lili (pictured) wearing a red Valentino number ought to drive home the overall message.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Russia December 2016; Title, “Сны о чем-то большем”; Photography, Txema Yeste; Styling, Olga Dunina; Hair, Franco Gobbi at Streeters; Makeup, Marie Duhart at Calliste; Photography assistance, Sergi Hernandez, Vincent Lootens, Louis Cusy; Styling assistance, Pau Avia; Hair assistance, Cyril Nanino.

Lili Sumner | Vogue Russia December 2016 (Photography: Txema Yeste)

Lili Sumner | Vogue Russia December 2016 (Photography: Txema Yeste)