Princess Marie in traditional Romanian costume

Unknownc. 1910

Maryhill Museum of Art

Maryhill Museum of Art
Goldendale, United States

As both princess and queen, Marie of Romania often chose embroidered peasant clothing as her daytime attire. In the evening she often wore flowing veils and robes. Romanian women’s folk dress generally consists of a long or short white chemise or petticoat over which other garments are worn. Each region and village has its own variation in covering skirts and aprons. The blouse is cut in a series of triangular or rectangular pieces. It can be long in the south of the country or short—with a separate skirt—in the north. Necklines are straight or gathered, depending on the region. The wraparound skirt, or fotă, is based on the oldest Slavic single-wrapped skirt form, one that was worn in the regions east of the Carpathian Mountains. The ensemble is completed with a colored headscarf that is arranged according to age, marital status and regional traditions. Older women generally wear black scarves.


  • Title: Princess Marie in traditional Romanian costume
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: c. 1910
  • Location: Romania
  • Physical Dimensions: w3½ x h5½ in (complete)
  • Media: photograph
  • Credit Line: Museum purchase
  • Provenance: Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art
  • Type: Postcard
  • Rights: http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/discover/about-maryhill-museum-of-art/press-room/images-for-publication

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