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The Most Splendid Fancy Dress Ball of the Last Russian Emperor (1903)

Posted on April 7, 2019 by team


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On February, 11th and 13th, 1903, when the country was in the hands of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II, there was arranged a fancy dress ball in honor of the 290th anniversary of the rule of the House of Romanovs. It was held in the Winter Palace of Saint Petesburg in two stages. All guests were dressed in splendid “pre-Peter” costumes of the XVII century, made to the design of an artist Sergey Solomko and with assistance of specialists of that historic period.

Great prince Alexander Mikhailovich, first cousin of the emperor once removed, recollected the event as “the final big court ball in the history of the empire”.

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Nicholas II himself was dressed in the best outfit of tsar Alexey Mikhailovich Romanov – wide long-skirted caftan with wide short sleeves from gold cloth, in a tsar’s headwear and with a rod.

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Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was dressed like Queen Maria Ilyinichna Miloslavskaya.

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For the ball they took 38 original royal items of the seventeenth century from the Armory in Moscow.

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16 of them were chosen for the costume of Nicholas II including pearl bracelets that had belonged to the son of Ivan the Terrible, Fedor Ioannovich.

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The original rod of tsar Alexey Mikhailovich complimented the outfit of Nicholas II. The buttons and patches on the costume had been made by Russian masters in the XVII century.

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Memories of an eyewitness: “It was like a fairy tale – all those old national costumes, generously decorated with rare fur, splendid diamonds, pearls and gems, mostly in old settings. Family jewels were so abundant on that day, so all expectations were exceeded”.

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His Imperial Highess Great Prince Sergey Alexandrovich.

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Her Imperial Highess Great Princess Elizaveta Fedorovna.

The empress wished to make individual portraits of the ball participants and group photos.

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Countess Alexandra Dmitrievna Tolstaya.

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His Imperial Highess, Successor Tsesarevich and Great Prince Mikhail Alexandrovich.

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Her Imperial Highess Great Princess Maria Pavlovna.

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His Imperial Highess Great Prince Andrey Vladimirovich.

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Her Imperial Highess Great Princess Maria Georgievna.

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Her Imperial Highess Great Princess Ksenia Alexandrovna.

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Her Highness Maria Mikhailovna Golytsina.

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Princess Elizaveta Nikolaevna Obolenskaya.

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Princess Olympiada Alexandrovna Baryatinskaya.

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Baroness Emma Vladimirovna Frederix.

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Maria Nikolaevna Voyeikova.

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Anna Sergeevna Istomina.

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Sofia Dmitrievna Evereinova.

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Baron Feofil Egorovich Meyendorf.

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Princess Nadezhda Alexandrovna Baryatinskaya.

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Princess Elena Konstantinovna Kochubey.

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Princess Nadezhda Dmitrievna Beloselskaya-Belozerskaya.

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Princess Elizaveta Nikolaevna Obolenskaya.

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Nadezhda Ilyinichna Novosiltsova.

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His Highness Prince Konstantin Alexandrovich Gorchakov.

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Maria Nikolaevna Lopukhina.

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Countess Varvara Vasilievna Musina-Pushkina.

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In 1911 the German factory “Dondorf” created the design for a deck of cards “Russian Style” inspired by figures and costumes of that ball. The cards were printed in Saint Petersburg, their issue was dedicated o the 300th anniversary of the House of Romanovs.

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2 responses to “The Most Splendid Fancy Dress Ball of the Last Russian Emperor (1903)”

  1. Lipto says:

    Completely cannot comprehend your predecessors love for their raiment,

    I am led to understand that decorative items might have been ‘ripped and reamed’ into the new ballgown or gentleman’s coat and that these are a collection of ‘aggregates’.

    It is a great disservice that these garments are no longer available.

    Sad

  2. Tarja Halonen says:

    Wonderful times.

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