Russia: The Face Race

First came the hemline revolution, then the permanent wave. Last week the Kremlin authorized yet another step in the transformation of the Soviet woman from proletarian heroine to bourgeois feline. Out of an old beauty salon on Moscow's Gorky Street it created the Institute of Cosmetology, which, when it opens next year, will have a staff of 300 specialists. Purpose of the institute, according to Tass: "The perfection of the human face and body."

Russian women have long been anxious to get into the face race. The Gorky Street establishment, which for years had been getting quiet advice from Elizabeth...