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.
(1) Constantine Ukhtomsky, "Interiors of the Winter Palace: The Arab Hall or Large Dining Room," Russia, 1860s, watercolor. State Hermitage Museum. (2) Close-up of moor from (1). (3) Moor's court uniform, St. Petersburg, 1912-16. State Hermitage Museum. (4) & (5) Moor's court uniform, St. Petersburg, 1912-13. State Hermitage Museum. (6) Adolf Charlemagne's illustrations of the uniforms of Arab/Moorish courtiers, 1855, via Yarodom on LiveJournal.
Feast your eyes on this! Cloth-of-gold, with silver-thread embroidery, with pearls. Oh, if only Lenin and his goons hadn't gone on a looting spree! (like murder wasn't enough!) This is the costume dress of Empress Alexandra at the Winter palace costume ball of 1903. The last huge Imperial bash of the Romanov dynasty. Czar Nicholas went as his favorite "ancestor" Czar Alexie. Alexandra went as his consort. It's too bad the headdress and the jewels she wore with it disappeared. They were…
1903 Ball in the Winter Palace. Nicholas II and Alexandra Fyodorovna. Fancy Dress Ball, held in the Winter Palace on 11 and 13 February 1903 - the famous masquerade, during which all the nobility of the Russian Empire was present in a very luxurious costumes "pre-Petrine times." These costumes have survived etched in photographs, which are a valuable historical source. So far, this ball is the most famous festival in St. Petersburg during the reign of Nicholas II
NICHOLAS ROMANOV BECOMES THE 18TH ROMANOV CZAR OF RUSSIA AND MARRIES (became the 18th Romanov Czar of Russia at 26, immediately took as his czarina Alexandra, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England, was a better husband than a monarch, had no grasp of the vast unrest that led to the Russian Revolution, also became the last Romanov Czar of Russia after his and his family's executions)