(Sketches of Faberge Jewelry)
I adore Russian history. I spent my last two years of college studying it and wrote an 85 page independent study with the important sounding title "The Empresses Marie and Alexandra, Image and Autocracy in Late Imperial Russia." So, making court dress seemed like a natural thing for me to do!
Court dress in Russia was a very specific thing, described by Pushkin as "the ladies' dress uniforms." It was introduced by Nicholas I in 1834 and loosely based on traditional Russian styles.