ISSN: 20500742
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 3
Cover Date: December 2016
Ceremonial ‘Russian dress’ as a phenomenon of court culture
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Authors:  Svetlana A. Amelekhina And  Daniel Green 
DOI: 10.1386/cc.3.3.191_1

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Russian rulers introduced numerous dress reforms in the imperial period, transforming the appearance of state institutions and thus the image of Russia and its elite. This article traces the origins and development of ‘Russian dress’, a stylized version of female Russian folk costume introduced to the Russian court by Catherine the Great (1762–1796) and worn, in various forms, from the 1770s to 1917. We examine the symbolic role ‘Russian dress’ played in shaping the image of the ruler, Russia’s relationship with the West, and shifting notions of Russianness at home and abroad.
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