Eastern Europe: The New Class

At her salon door lies a fluffy pink doormat. Her terrace overlooks a river that winds through one of Europe's most romantic cities, the ancestral home of many of the Continent's most dashing and beautiful women. "My clients prefer the styles of Chanel and Givenchy," coos the grey-haired grande dame of haute couture. But the city is not Paris, the river not the Seine, and madame is not Coco. She is Klara Rothschild of Budapest, oracle of fashion throughout Communist Europe, recipient of the Order of Labor in the People's Republic of Hungary, and at a state-paid salary of...

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