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Lady-in-waiting's ceremonial court dress, O. Bulbenkova's workshop, St. Petersburg, late 19th century. State Hermitage Museum, via Teatime at Winter Palace's Tumblr. According to the Alexander Palace Time Machine, ladies-in-waiting were married women who wore a green velvet court gown; they occupied a higher position in the Imperial Household than the maids of honor, unmarried women who wore crimson velvet. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE IMAGES.

Lady-in-waiting's ceremonial court dress, O. Bulbenkova's workshop, St. Petersburg, late 19th century. State Hermitage Museum, via Teatime at Winter Palace's Tumblr. According to the Alexander Palace Time Machine, ladies-in-waiting were married women who wore a green velvet court gown; they occupied a higher position in the Imperial Household than the maids of honor, unmarried women who wore crimson velvet. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE IMAGES.

IMPERIAL RUSSIA WINTER PALACE BALL~  1903. The last imperial ball before the Bolshevik Revolution.  Elaborate embroidered and bejeweled costumes with jeweled tiaras .

IMPERIAL RUSSIA WINTER PALACE BALL~ 1903. The last imperial ball before the Bolshevik Revolution. Elaborate embroidered and bejeweled costumes with jeweled tiaras .

Russian court dress. Grand Duchesses and Kamer-Pages. Coronation of Nicholas II. The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. 1896. #history #Russia #court_dress

Russian court dress. Grand Duchesses and Kamer-Pages. Coronation of Nicholas II. The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. 1896. #history #Russia #court_dress

Russian court dress. Chamberlain Sosnovsky and his wife were photographed by Karl Bulla before their departure to the Imperial Ball in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. 1903.

Russian court dress. Chamberlain Sosnovsky and his wife were photographed by Karl Bulla before their departure to the Imperial Ball in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. 1903.

Ceremonial dress at court of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna Russia, St. Petersburg. The end of XIX - early XX century. Workshop O. Bulbenkovoy (?) Velvet, satin, metallic thread, beat; gold embroidery Leaf: 38.0 back length; Skirt length 132.0; trail length 354.0 Post. in 1941 of the GME; earlier: the Winter Palace Inv. Number EFV-13133-c

Ceremonial dress at court of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna Russia, St. Petersburg. The end of XIX - early XX century. Workshop O. Bulbenkovoy (?) Velvet, satin, metallic thread, beat; gold embroidery Leaf: 38.0 back length; Skirt length 132.0; trail length 354.0 Post. in 1941 of the GME; earlier: the Winter Palace Inv. Number EFV-13133-c

Nicholas II and the Tsaritsa dressed as Alexis I and Maria Miloslavskaya, for the Winter Palace's last Imperial ball

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Nicholas II and the Tsaritsa dressed as Alexis I and Maria Miloslavskaya, for the Winter Palace's last Imperial ball

Russian Court dress in painting. Adolphe I. Ladurner. Interiors of the Winter Palace. Part of the White (Armorial) Hall. 1838. #history #Russian #court #dress

Russian Court dress in painting. Adolphe I. Ladurner. Interiors of the Winter Palace. Part of the White (Armorial) Hall. 1838. #history #Russian #court #dress

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (senior) and and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna (left) at the Coronation Ball in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. 1896. #history #Russian #court #dress

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (senior) and and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna (left) at the Coronation Ball in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. 1896. #history #Russian #court #dress

This stunning volume showcases the magnificent court dress of the Russian Empire, culled from the authoritative collection at the State Hermitage Museum and photographed against the backdrop of the Winter Palace.

Russian Splendor: Sumptuous Fashions of the Russian Court

This stunning volume showcases the magnificent court dress of the Russian Empire, culled from the authoritative collection at the State Hermitage Museum and photographed against the backdrop of the Winter Palace.

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