“Cleaning Fairy in Tale" photographed by Kim Bo Ha (February 2011)
Artka designs ^o^
Diversity Study- Central Asian Elf (WIP)
I am experimenting with a design for a typical ‘elf’ character in fantasy, with a 18th-19th century central Asian theme instead of Medieval Europe. This is more of an “inspired” design than a costume study with a lot of fantasy costume elements. A lot of the challenge here is to make her read as a a fantasy “elf” and not just a person in a modified costume with long ears.
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia. C. late 1880s.
IMPERIAL RUSSIA MEME [3 /3] Fashion trends/styles - The Costumes of the 1903 Winter Palace Ball
On 11th and 13th of February 1903, there was a great ball held at the grand Winter Palace in St Petersburg.The 17th century was the chosen period for the masquerade. Ladies wore sarafans and kokoshniks, while men sported dresses of archers, falconers, etc. The Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was dressed as Tsarina Maria Ilyinichna and the Emperor Nicholas II as Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich.
Costumes for the ball were created according to the illustrations by the artist Sergei Solomko with the help of the costume consultants. After the ball the Empress commissioned the best photographers of St. Petersburg to make individual and collective pictures of participants. 173 of them were published in the form of an album of phototypes. The albums were sold for charity later.
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna wrote,
"All of us appeared in seventeenth-century court dress. Nicky wore the dress of Alexis, the second Romanov Tsar, all raspberry, gold and silver, and some of the things were brought specially from the Kremlin. Alicky was just stunning. She was Maria Miloslavskaya, Alexis’s first wife. She wore a sarafan of gold brocade trimmed with emeralds and silver thread, and her earrings were so heavy that she could not bend her head."
The occasion also caused some distress to Marie Feodorovna by way of her son Michael. Michael had, with great begging, borrowed a diamond clip to use in his fur cap, from his mother. The Jewel, once belong to Tsar Paul I, was a crown jewel, and she only very reluctantly allowed him to borrow it. Unfortunately, while Michael was dancing, he lost it! The entire Palace was searched, yet the diamond was never recovered.(pictured, bottom right).
12 of the original costumes are today on display in St Petersburg, though many were lost during the Revolution.
The first picture which shows Maria Feodorovna was taken for another ball, the one in 1883 organised by Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the elder. :)
Wait. So someone removed my source? NOT HAPPY!
MiLK X Hong Kong, July 2013