Magnificence of the Tsars: Ceremonial Men's Dress of the Russian Imperial Court, 1721-1917

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 1, 2008 - Art - 112 pages
With specially commissioned photographs of never-before-seen clothing, Magnificence of the Tsars celebrates the majesty of masculine uniform in Russia at its finest. The luxurious, opulent lifestyles enjoyed by the Russian tsars, their families, and courts were among the world's most extravagant for nearly two centuries, continue to be a source of endless fascination today. In this exquisitely illustrated collection, the grandeur of Imperial Russia is displayed in full. Starting in the 1730s with exquisitely embroidered coats and elaborately patterned silks from the wardrobe of Tsar Peter II these resplendent garments document a unique dialogue between military uniform, court dress, European fashion, and traditional Russian dress.

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Magnificence of the Tsars is an amazing book filled with wonderful information about the costume of the Imperial Russian court. Rarely studied in Russia or abroad, the book commemorates the first ... Read full review


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The Wardrobe of Emperor Peter II

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Svetlana Amelekhina is Curator of Imperial Dress at the Kremlin. Rosalind Polly Blakesley is a Fellow of Pembroke College and Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge. A specialist in Russian art, she has worked extensively in Russia, and curated exhibitions in London, Moscow and Washington, DC.

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