Some things never change.
Some things never change.
Day 12: Favourite 1903 Winter Palace Costume Ball Outfit
Of course this is a very hard choice as all of the costumes worn at the Ball were so beautiful. I pick those four as my favorites, in no particular order.
- Princess Zinaida Yusupova - Russian Nobility
The princess was a part of the Yusupov Noble family, the mother of Prince Felix Yusupov and the mother-in-law of Princess Irina Alexandrovna who was the niece of the Emperor. She was the greatest Russian heiress of her day and was the last of her line at the House of Yusupov. A leading figure of pre-revolutionary Russia, she was famous for her blue-eyed beauty and the lavishness of her hospitality.
- Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia was the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, who was also the Governor of Moscow. Before her marriage, she used to be Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, which was a German grand duchy She was also the elder sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia.
- Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia
Probably my favorite female gown of the ball, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia was the younger sister of the Emperor Nicholas II. This costume reminds me so much of one of Padme Amidala’s Star Wars costumes in the Episode Two: Attack of the Clones, which one dress was actually inspired by the Russian culture.
- Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia
Definitely my favorite male costume of this ball, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich (brother of the emperor) looked so handsome and majestic in this outfit. Grand Duke Michael had asked his mother to lend him a big diamond clip to wear as an aigrette in his fur cap. The clip was of fabulous value; it had belonged to Emperor Paul I, and the Dowager Empress wore it very seldom. She lent it to her son most reluctantly.
“And Michael lost it! It must have fallen off his cap while he was dancing. My mother and he were in despair - the clip being one of the crown jewels. All the halls at the palace were searched that very night. At dawn the detectives searched from basement to attic. The diamond clip was never found.” - Olga Alexandrovna
Yumi Lambert by Ben Toms for AnOther Spring/Summer 2013
The dress was made of dying flowers, and literally fell to pieces along the runway, a symbol of decay : Alexander McQueen s/s 2007.
(Source: Flickr / princess_pix)
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