A little girl, Vera Zenko from Volozhin, was running after the cart, in which nazis were transporting her pregnant mother. They took pity and threw her off the back of that cart. Vera is 91 now, she calls her life the "last seasons" and tells her biography through what is inside her wardrobe. Every dress is connected to a story, a memory.
She has lived all her life here, and within that time multicultural Polish Volozhin became Soviet, and then Belarussian. Her four brothers and sisters were scattered all over Ukraine and Belarus. Vasil and Olga have passed away, just Nina and a younger sister Galina are still alive. Their parents were of peasant origin the mother worked the land, and the father was literate and worked in local authorities, as we would call them now. Vera stayed in her home town; she got married there, took her husband's name Perepecha, had three children, worked and brought up grandchildren.
Vera in the plush coat, which she got from a friend in a store in the Volozhinsky district. She wears a flower-print scarf called "shalinovka."
She wore this scarf the day she met her future-husband, Sergei.
Vera in a dress with a belt, which she keeps in memory of her father.
Vera is wearing her daughter's wedding outfit.
Vera in the dress that her daughter sewed at the school for attestation for the rank of a seamstress. The beads were brought for Vera form France by her sister.
Vera wears trousers, which she bought when she was in the hospital with oncology. Vera prefers skirts or dresses to trousers. Everyone was wearing trousers in the hospital at that time.
Vera in a dress that was presented to her by her daughter-in-law. The parents of the daughter-in-law were against the marriage. Vera settled the young at home and helped them raise their first child.
Vera is wearing a dress that she ordered from the atelier in Volozhin to get a golden cloth for her daughter's prom dress. They wanted to sew this dress in Minsk. However, the Volozhin atelier refused to sell the cloth without ordering the dress.
Vera is wearing the daughter's prom dress. To get this cloth and sew a dress in the Fashion House in Minsk, and not in Volozhin, Vera bought a purple cloth and sewed another dress in the Volozhin studio.
The dress is a pleated dress, which Vera gave her daughter-in-law after the death of her mother.
Vera is wearing the skirt which she turned into a dress with the straps. Her daughter sewed the shirt during her military classes at school.
Vera in the coat that she bought when the Soviet Union collapsed so that money would not be lost.
Vera’s funeral dress and shoes. This dress, shoes and scarf, Vera will wear when she dies.