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An Elegant Lady by Francisco Pradilla y Ortiz, ca 1870’s-80’s Spain

An Elegant Lady by Francisco Pradilla y Ortiz, ca 1870’s-80’s Spain

Fancy dress for women and girls, 1875 Austria-Hungary (modern-day Budapest, Hungary), Budapesti Bazárra
Looks like an Empire-era woman (with a Biedermeier hairstyle and hat for some reason), an 18th century girl and an 18th century maid.

Fancy dress for women and girls, 1875 Austria-Hungary (modern-day Budapest, Hungary), Budapesti Bazárra

Looks like an Empire-era woman (with a Biedermeier hairstyle and hat for some reason), an 18th century girl and an 18th century maid.

Wastepaper basket fancy dress, 1896 London, Fancy Dress Described
There’s such a thing as too much creativity.

Wastepaper basket fancy dress, 1896 London, Fancy Dress Described

There’s such a thing as too much creativity.

"Queen of Sheba" by Mon Pascaud, 1926 France, LACMA

"Queen of Sheba" by Mon Pascaud, 1926 France, LACMA

"Prince of Persia" by Mon Pascaud, 1926 France, LACMA

"Prince of Persia" by Mon Pascaud, 1926 France, LACMA

"Maharaj of India" by Mon Pascaud, 1926 France, LACMA
"Young Princess of Lotusland", 1926 France, LACMA

"Young Princess of Lotusland", 1926 France, LACMA

"A Lady of Hindoostan", 1800’s-1810’s London
Hindoostan or Hindustan are alternative names for India, particularly northern India.

"A Lady of Hindoostan", 1800’s-1810’s London

Hindoostan or Hindustan are alternative names for India, particularly northern India.

Louise of the Netherlands, Queen of Sweden and Norway by Johan Christoffer Boklund, 1861 Sweden, Nationalmuseum (Stockholm)

Louise of the Netherlands, Queen of Sweden and Norway by Johan Christoffer Boklund, 1861 Sweden, Nationalmuseum (Stockholm)

More from the Ball of 1903

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*I couldn’t fit her name on the line, but Czar Alexei’s wife was Maria Miloslavskaya.

Costumes worn to the Romanov Anniversary Ball in 1903.  The theme of the lavish masked ball was the reign of Alexei of Russia, second ruler of the Romanov dynasty (1645-1676).  Some guests went so far as to actually wear original costumes from the period that were being stored at the Kremlin.

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