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    Anna Pavlova in a beautiful costume for a Russian dance. www.independent.c...

    Russia 1790,portrait of the great countess Alexandra Pavlova


    Anna Pavlova, 1920s

    1910s Anna Pavlova Russian Ballet Dancer in the traditional Snegurochka-like costume


    Anna Pavlova in costume for her Russian dance, 1910’s-20’s Her headdress is an elaborate version of what is known as a kokoshnik.

    Chinese cultural dress. I believe it's in the style of the Qing dynasty.

    Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina. While touring in The Hague, Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation. She was also told that she would never be able to dance again if she went ahead with it. She refused to have the surgery, saying "If I can't dance then I'd rather be dead." She died of pleurisy, three weeks short of her 50th birthday. She was holding her costume from The Dying Swan when she spoke her last words, "Play the last measure very softly."


    Russian courtiers dressed in traditional and historical Russian costume for the Romanov Anniversary Ball in 1903.

    Russian folk costume I NEED one of these hats.

    ~Life Magazine 1954~

    Kokoshnik, russian style

    Zinaida Gippius, a Russian poet, a co-founder of Russian symbolism and one of the most intelligent women of her time. She left Russia in 1917 not to be executed. The Bolsheviks planned her assassination for the poems she wrote against them in France where she lived with her husband. They failed as she died earlier. | "Slaves, liars, murderers, thieves or fakers - I hate you all. But you, my Jude, you, all traitors, I hate most of all" | Image: Gippius, ca 1910. She is 40 years old in this photo


    Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova at home.

    An even closer look at the sleeve detail of a Robe à l'Anglaise, 1770–75, British, silk, metal (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art. See full gown here:

    Russian costume, kokoshnik headdress.

    19th century Russian silk, metal, linen, cotton