Sunday, July 21, 2013

Russian Fashion: 1917 - 1960

"Russian Violets" perfume
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As promised last post, here is the second part of the fashion exhibit I went to with Maria! A large part of this exhibit included the fashions of the 1970s - 90s (not my cup of tea as you know!) so the section of mid century fashion was not as vast as I would have liked but here are some of my favorite outfits and accessories. Both Maria and I were pretty tempted to grab those last two floral 60s dresses and make a run for it, aren't they just stunning?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Russian Fashion: 1850 - 1915

A fan that was also a calendar!
This week I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful exhibit of Russian fashion from the 1800s to the 1990s. I love watching costume dramas so I adored every bit of the exhibit and found myself wondering what it would have been like to wear those clothes. Just to walk a few meters in a crinoline must have been quite a challenge! Another thing that I couldn't help wondering was how on earth they managed to keep the hems of those long dresses from getting covered in mud? While I appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship that went into the making of each item I am relieved to live in the present! The exhibit had two parts to it and these photos barely show a quarter of the first half of the exhibit, so I did my best to take photos of only the most exquisite pieces. In my next post I will share with you the second half of the exhibit - flapper dresses and floral 50s frocks!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

House of Butterflies

This week is our last week in Russia and we are trying to see as many places as we can before we leave. The Butterfly House was a place I had been waiting to visit for a while and I was not disappointed. Inside the greenhouse-like room a tropical habitat had been recreated to house butterflies, tropical birds and even a chameleon! It was a magical experience to be in a room with clouds of butterflies flying inches from my face and at one point I felt a butterfly in my hair!