Grand masquerade ball of the Russian Empire
In 1903 in St. Petersburg one of the greatest balls of the Russian Empire a masquerade dedicated to the Russian XVII century. Several hundred aristocrats dressed as archers, horsemen, falconers and even Cossack chieftains shone with family jewels, furs, brocade and satin. After the ball a magnificent photo album was released full of girls in kokoshniks and boyars in sable hats. Emperor Nicholas II was dressed as his ancestor, Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich and Empress Alexandra Fedorovna portrayed his wife Tsarina Maria Miloslavskaya.