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October 2017 marks 100 years of October Revolution in Russia, which overthrew the Tsarist autocracy and resulted in murdering Emperor Nicolas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, their five kids and the rest of the Romanovs.
But I would like to step aside from those tragic events and dedicate today’s post to the amazing something that Russian unique culture gave to the world - a bespoke beauty of a Russian court dress.
The Russian court dress was strictly regulated, costume's proportions expanded and contracted with the whims of fashion, and the relative plainness or ostentation varied according to the tastes and rank of the wearer, but the basic components remained the same: bodice, train, and long, detached sleeves all in the same fabrication; visible underskirt; kokoshnik headdress with veil. In her memoir, "The Story of My Life", Queen Marie of Roumania, whose mother was the former Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, daughter of Tsar Alexander II, describes it thus:
"The Russian court dress was exceedingly picturesque and was donned for all bigger occasions. It consisted of amply cut velvet robes over a tablier of white satin; the shape, with its train, and wide, long-hanging sleeves, had something medival about it. These robes were heavily embroidered in silver or gold and were of every colour of the rainbow; the richest of all were of cloth of gold or silver. A halo-shaped cocoshnic with a veil hanging from beneath it inevitably accompanied this costume, so that every woman appeared to have been crowned. This unity of attire made all Russian court gatherings uniquely picturesque, saturating them with colour and brilliance unlike anything else. Russian Imperial family into festive hall or saint-haunted church was a picture once seen never to be forgotten."
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