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Russian women very often get accused of being overdressed. It is true to some degree - we love to put our best in any situation. I, for example, can always identify a lady from Russia just by the way she dresses whether its in Paris, London or New York. This obvious love for beautiful clothing lays in centuries long history of Russian traditional clothing.
POSTCARD, CA 1910, RUSSIA ~~ A nice imitation of medieval age: ABC-book with ancient Cyrillic Russian letters and a boy in the suit of Russian old noble (=boyarin). In 1900-1910 The Romanovs brought a fashion to everything that could remind of the Ruriks, the Tzar dynasty with a 700-year history in Russia; this was caused by several crises and fall of The Romanovs' popularity.
Para un invierno muy crudo - Madalene de la Motte by Thomas Whiteside for Tatler Russia December 2011