О чём-то хрупком и печальном, о чём-то полном красоты, как счастье - призрачно-хрустальном, воздушно-лёгком, как мечты… И тихо плачут эти трели, как будто там, в траве живя, цикады вещие узрели недостижимые края!

- Vladimir Paley. 1916.

Catherine the Great, tv series, 2015 {trailer} + costumes.
Six thousand costumes. As you can see from the pictures, the costumes in Catherine the Great will be extremely lavish. More than one hundred gowns will be worn by Yulia Snigir in the show and none of the dresses is lighter than 20 pounds! Most of the gowns have been taken from the archives, while the coronation and wedding dress are exact replicas of the real historical ones! Some of the massive scenes include thousands of male and female costumes and five thousand military vestments! х 
Yuliya Snigir as Catherine II, behind the scenes.
St. Petersburg || The Catherine Palace || The Great Hall or Bright Gallery, as it was called in the eighteenth century, is the largest state room in the palace. It was created to Rastrelli’s design between 1752 and 1756. The stylish hall with a floor area of over 800 square metres was intended as the venue for official receptions and celebrations, banquets, balls and masquerades. 
Catherine the Great, tv series (2015). {trailer}


Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna in Russian Court Dress, 1897.


Великая Княгиня Елизавета Фёдоровна.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.

The wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, an older sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.



Crownprincess Marie Gabrielle of Bavaria. Late 1900s.

Catherine the Great’s name wasn’t Catherine, and she wasn’t even Russian.
The woman whom history would remember as Catherine the Great, Russia’s longest-ruling female leader, was actually the eldest daughter of an impoverished Prussian prince. Born in 1729, Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst enjoyed numerous marital prospects due to her mother’s well-regarded bloodlines. In 1744, 15-year-old Sophie was invited to Russia by Czarina Elizabeth, a daughter of Peter the Great who had assumed the Russian throne in a coup just three years earlier. The unmarried and childless Elizabeth had chosen her nephew Peter as heir and was now in search of his bride. Sophie, well trained by her ambitious mother and eager to please, made an immediate impact on Elizabeth, if not her intended husband. The marriage took place on August 21, 1745, with the bride (a new convert to Orthodox Christianity) now bearing the name Ekaterina, or Catherine. х
{Trailer} for the upcoming “Catherine the Great” series.


Viktor Vasnetsov - The Snow Maiden (1899)


Alice Roosevelt - 1902

Theodore Roosevelt’s beautiful eldest daughter, who not only cut her wedding cake with a sword, defied all the conventions of her day regarding women and carried a dagger in her pocketbook, but who  also had a pillow embroidered with her most famous quote on her couch; “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”


Alexandra of Denmark with her eldest daughter„ Louise, Princess Royal.



Evelyn Nesbit


 Portrait of a Girl in Russian Costume, Marianne von Werefkin


Василий Тимофеев. Девочка с ягодами. 1879


Russian beauty. Early 1900s