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Ceremonial court dress of a maid of honor to the Empress of Russia, St, Petersburg, 1830s. Velvet, silk, metallic thread, gold embroidery. State Hermitage Museum, via http://www.hermitage.guide/costume/costume1.html. CLICK FOR LARGE, HIR-RES IMAGES.

Ceremonial court dress of a maid of honor to the Empress of Russia, St, Petersburg, 1830s. Velvet, silk, metallic thread, gold embroidery. State Hermitage Museum, via http://www.hermitage.guide/costume/costume1.html. CLICK FOR LARGE, HIR-RES IMAGES.

Items like this Norman Hartnell gown worn by The Queen for the opening of the New Zealand parliament, during a Commonwealth visit 1963 features

Royal fashion rules from the Fifties to the Nineties: How the Queen, Margaret and Diana’s style changed over four decades

Items like this Norman Hartnell gown worn by The Queen for the opening of the New Zealand parliament, during a Commonwealth visit 1963 features

1935 brown satin, bias-cut evening dress with machine-stitched quilted decoration.  The boyish figure of the 1920s was replaced in the 1930s by more feminine curves revealed by close-fitting styles.  This was achieved by cutting the fabric on the bias and diagonal seaming.

1935 brown satin, bias-cut evening dress with machine-stitched quilted decoration. The boyish figure of the 1920s was replaced in the 1930s by more feminine curves revealed by close-fitting styles. This was achieved by cutting the fabric on the bias and diagonal seaming.

Regency 1820   Not usually a fan of men's and women's fashions of this time period, but I love these details!

Regency 1820 Not usually a fan of men's and women's fashions of this time period, but I love these details!

This stunning woman is the subject of this gorgeous photo. She employs a certain grecian flair with her hairpiece and whatnot. A lovely necklace, too. Lily Elsie, I believe. Obviously a very rich woman.

This stunning woman is the subject of this gorgeous photo. She employs a certain grecian flair with her hairpiece and whatnot. A lovely necklace, too. Lily Elsie, I believe. Obviously a very rich woman.

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