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Woman wearing kokoshnik. Kokoshniki were worn in Russia as early as the 10th century. They were banned by Peter the Great, who wished to modernise the Russian social system, but Catherine the Great brought them back and made them an official part of court dress.
Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 – January 23, 1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.