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With its airy, tulle overdress, this lustrous, cream satin evening dress projects an ethereal luxury appropriate to its original owner, the Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (1798-1860). The lightweight tulle hovers above an expansive skirt and generous puff sleeves, imparting a feeling of weightlessness. The transparent oversleeves are probably removable, a feature that would have facilitated the transition from day to evening wear.

Details

  • Title: Evening dress Front of evening dress
  • Date Created: c. 1830
  • Location Created: Russia
  • Type: Ballgown, belt
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Cream silk satin, tulle, and chiffon
  • Credit: Museum purchase

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