Topic: Maria Pavlovna, Senior
The gown worn by the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna at the famous Costume Ball in the Winter Palace in February 1903, has gone on display for the very first time in St. Petersburg.
The gown is part of the Russian Style exhibit, at the State Museum of Russian History, located at the Peter and Paul Fortress.
The gown is a replica of a 17th-century Boyar's wife, made of red and gold brocade, and embroidered with pearls.
The costumes were designed to be worn at the historic ball, and then placed into storage of the House of Romanov. The head-strong grand duchess, however, decided to take her gown home. It remained at the Palace of the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich on the Neva for many years.
After the Revolution the historic gown disappeared. It was later found and restored by local artisans.
The exhibition will run until December 31, 2011.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 November, 2011