In 1937, Pola opened her own New York Salon of Haute Couture Designs, which
catered to the denizens of Hollywood and High Society. Her creations were always
Russian-influenced, such as gowns with dolman sleeves, and they set trends across
Her most famous design, the 1944 Inaugural Gown for First Lady Bess Truman, wife of U.S. President Harry S. Truman, now stands on display at The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., USA.
Pola married Nicholai Kostrukoff, Founder and Director of the then world-famous General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus and Dancers in New York in 1942. She resided in New York until her death in 1983.
The photo shown here is of three (U.S. Presidential) First ladies' gowns. The one on the far left was designed by Mme. Pola for First Lady Bess Truman for the presidential inauguration. As noted above, it is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., USA.
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