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. 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.

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 .

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

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

Crown of Imperial Russia & All regalia of Imperial and Tzar that are kept in The Diamond Fund, Kremlin, Moscow http://www.pinterest.com/pin/346847608773886073/

Crown of Imperial Russia & All regalia of Imperial and Tzar that are kept in The Diamond Fund, Kremlin, Moscow http://www.pinterest.com/pin/346847608773886073/

Unknown lady (looks like someone from the Beautygalery of Joseph Karl Stieler) | artist and date unknown

Unknown lady (looks like someone from the Beautygalery of Joseph Karl Stieler) | artist and date unknown

Profile of Tsar Nicholas II...as handsome as they come, and as dumb as a box of rocks...still, that beard...!

Profile of Tsar Nicholas II...as handsome as they come, and as dumb as a box of rocks...still, that beard...!

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