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Magnificence of the Tsars exhibition at London V & A Museum offers patterns in court dresses
Magnificence of the Tsars 2008 London

Magnificence of the Tsars

10 December 2008 - 29 March 2009
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW7 2RL
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7942 2000

Magnificence of the Tsars exhibition in London is a rare opportunity for a thorough look at patterns in court dress in the hey days of the Russian Empire. Peter I (Peter the Great) came to the throne and promptly introduced a modernisation of court dress away from the elaborate and heavily ornate dress which had been popular up until that point.

This was a trend to copy the European court dress at the time, which by modern standards was also extremely ornate. The London exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum displays the uniforms and court dress of Tsars and officials of the court from 1720 - in the reign of Tsar Peter II.

Peter II's own coats are exquisitely embroidered and use rich materials including elaborately patterned silk.

The exhibition continues through court dress in the reigns of Paul I, Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II and Alexander III, including coronation robes and regalia.

This delightful exhibition enables us to fully appreciate the ways in which court dress evolved over that time - the elements taken from military uniforms and the way in which European court dress was copied into fashion alongside traditional Russian attire.

Visiting Magnificence of the Tsars 2009:

Cost: TBC

Time: Daily 10am - 5.45pm (until 10pm Fri)

Age Restrictions: n/a

Nearest Underground Stations:
South Kensington Tube (5 minutes)
Gloucester Road Tube (11 minutes)

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