Fred Maroon, ‘Leningrad Upper Bath House at the Catherine Palace in nearby Pushkin’, 1967, Artist's Proof

Near the Summer Palace of Catherine the Great, 15 miles from Leningrad, model Ann Turkel wears Maximilian's belted tunic of dark sable, and a helmet of Russian lynx.

"LOOK Magazine purchased the rights to the Mongolian cashmere story, and The New York Times devoted half a page to it because of the sheer ambition of traveling halfway around the world, to a Communist country, in order to photograph women's fashions. My challenge now was to suggest an idea for a sequel. I proposed to LOOK that, since a million or more furs changed hands in the Fur Palace in Leningrad each year, and since that city boasted so many exquisite palaces, it would be a natural location in which to shoot a story about fur fashions. In January 1967 Jo Segal, the fashion editor of LOOK, and I met up with American model Ann Turkel in Paris and made our way to Moscow.

We brought with us from the United States a collection of extravagant designer furs from some of New York's most prestigious furriers: Revillon of Saks Fifth Avenue, Maximilian, and Bergdorf Goodman. It took several days for these to clear customs. While waiting, we spent the time trying to persuade the Soviet officials to let us do the shoot in Leningrad; for some reason, although we thought the necessary permissions had been secured before we left the United States, officials were now insisting that we shoot the story in Moscow instead. We finally reached a compromise: we would be allowed to do our fur story in Leningrad, and in return we would do a story on Soviet women wearing Soviet fashions in Moscow. That settled, I left the crew in Moscow to await the release of the furs, and I took the overnight train to Leningrad to begin scouting locations." - Fred Maroon

About Fred Maroon

American, September 24, 1924 - November 5, 2001, New Brunswick, New Jersey, based in Washington, DC, United States