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Ceremonial court dress belonging to Grand Duchess Maria Fyodorovna, Russia (?), 1860s. Silk, tulle, metallic thread, artificial flowers. State Hermitage Museum (link: http://www.hermitage.guide/costume/costume1.html). It is possible that Maria Fyodorovna donned the dress for her engagement to Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia (see detail from Mihály Zichy´s painting of the event, via Imperial Russia's Tumblr). CLICK FOR VERY LARGE IMAGES.

Ceremonial court dress belonging to Grand Duchess Maria Fyodorovna, Russia (?), 1860s. Silk, tulle, metallic thread, artificial flowers. State Hermitage Museum (link: http://www.hermitage.guide/costume/costume1.html). It is possible that Maria Fyodorovna donned the dress for her engagement to Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia (see detail from Mihály Zichy´s painting of the event, via Imperial Russia's Tumblr). CLICK FOR VERY LARGE IMAGES.

Ceremonial court dress belonging to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Made by the workshop of O. Bulbenkova (?), St. Petersburg, Russia. Late 19th to early 20th centuries. Velvet, satin and gilded metal thread. State Hermitage Museum (links: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/08.+Applied+Arts/1263422/?lng=en, http://www.hermitageline.ru/ru/blog/view/bal). Other photos are via Ghosts of Imperial Russia's Tumblr. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE, HI-RES IMAGES.

Ceremonial court dress belonging to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Made by the workshop of O. Velvet, satin and gilded metal thread.

Grand Duchess Anastasia in a gold embroidered russian court dress.

Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin daughter of Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and a granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia; wife of Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture SS 2013 <3 Romantic period inspired with full skirt and wide brimmed bonnet.  The sleeves are either imbecile, marie, or a variation of sleeve en bouffant

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture SS 2013 Romantic period inspired with full skirt and wide brimmed bonnet. The sleeves are either imbecile, marie, or a variation of sleeve en bouffant

Evening dress, Nadezhda Lamanova's workshop, Moscow, 1910s. Silk and metal thread; embroidered.

Embroidered white silk satin evening dress with chiffon overlay and silver braid trim, by Nadezhda "Hope" Lamanova, Russian, via the State Hermitage Museum

Imperial Court Costume - Alexander Palace Time Machine - court gown of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna 1894

Court Gown of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, Sister of Nicholas II By Court Couturiére Mme. Olga Nicholaevna Bulbenkova Petersburg, 1894 Blue Velvet, white silk and gold thread Pavlovsk State Museum-Preserve

1903 Romanov Dynasty Anniversary Costume Ball in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg , Russia. Fancy dress in the Russian traditional fashion of the 17th c.

1903 Romanov Dynasty Anniversary Costume Ball in the Winter Palace, St. Fancy dress in the Russian traditional fashion of the c.

Catherine the Great's Royal Dress | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (She was quite the woman as this ensemble attests. LC)

Catherine the Great's Royal Dress, Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia (ruled as Empress

The Russian women's costume was based on the "sarafan" (a kind of sleeveless dress). The "sarafan" ensemble became widespread in Russia at the turn of the 18th century and comprised a shirt, "sarafan", belt, and apron. This costume was especially typical of the northern and central regions penetrating with time into the other parts of Russia where it ousted the local traditional dress. In the 18th century it was already associated with the Russian national costume. The "sarafan" was a daily…

National Russian Dress: Basic costume garments :: Manners, Customs and Traditions :: Culture & Arts :: Russia-InfoCentre

Dress belonging to Empress Maria Fyodorovna, by the fashion house of Charles Worth, Paris, 1890s. Velvet, satin, lace, silk and metal thread. The dress comes with two bodices - one  for evening, the other for day (shown here). State Hermitage Museum, via Tea Time at Winter Palace's Tumblr. CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Vintage Gown by House of Charles Worth * Belonged to Empress Maria Fyodorovna

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