Kokoshnik accessory for a fancy Court ball dress of Princess Elena Golitzine celebrating the Romanov's 300th Dynasty Anniversary, circa 1903. Made of satin, brocade, lace, fake pearls, rhinestones, sequins, metallic thread;; sewing, embroidery. 14 x 16 cm.
Traditional Russian costume consists of straight, flowing lines. Beginning at the turn of the 18th century, the sarafan, a long, sleeveless dress, became the most popular article of peasant women’s clothing in the Northern and Central regions of Russia. The sarafan is worn with a shirt, belt, and apron. In some areas, the epanechka, a short bodice identical in shape to the sarafan supplemented the basic ensemble.