Saint Petersburg Ball

11 jan – PHOTOGRAPHY

The ARTURE team presents you today an unique series of photographs. A rare testimony that illustrates the splendour and magnificence of imperial Russia. A sumptuous event immortalized by the best photographers in St. Petersburg. Let us discover the ball of Saint Petersburg, organized by Nicolas II on February 11, 1903.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT st petersburg ball

On the occasion of the 290th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, a costume ball is held at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

Tsar Nicholas II invites the imperial family and the most important Muscovite families to an event of rare magnificence.

In a climate of hostility to the autocratic regime, Nicholas II decided to highlight the glorious past of imperial Russia. Thus, the dress code requires the wearing of traditional costumes from the reign of Alexis Mikhailovich (17th century).

This event involved a large scale preparation, it took several months to make a traditional costume. The guests had to strictly respect the dress code imposed by Nicolas II. Moscow’s specialized workshops operated at full capacity to dress the thousands of guests.

This is the last ball organized by the Romanov dynasty, which is the symbol of Imperial Russia’s final hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coup de cœur ARTURE

“This series of photographs is a rare archive that allows us to measure the power and wealth of imperial Russia. The main interest is to discover the traditional Russian costumes that preceded the reforms of Peter the Great. Peter I is known to have westernized Russia. The traditional costume was then revisited because it was seen as too sumptuous and imposing.”

Maxime ARTURE

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