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Anna Pavlova.At the heart of her talent was sudden and instant inspiration. More often than not she was improvising, and could not repeat the pattern of her dances despite requests from her masters and partners. Later, when Anna Pavlova started teaching, this gift seemed to be a great obstacle as her students couldn’t copy the movements that she herself didn’t remember.
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.
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.