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Robe of czarina

Catherine the Great
 
 

Period: 1763, Russia

We created the following Rococo dress for a documentary about czarina Catherine the Great of the TV station ZDF. As model served a painting by Fyodor S. Rokotov.


The dress, based on an original cut from the second half of the 18th century, is made from hand-painted, bejeweled silk just like the original fabric. Corresponding to the painting the silk sash was properly dyed as well. The top was crafted on top of a linen bodice and is closed with hidden hooks and eyelets at the back. Both the front and the back part taper off beak-shaped towards the waist.



The chemise, i.e. the underdress, is trimmed with antique tulle lace. The cape made of velvet was embroidered with the Russian double-headed eagle, whereby the embroidery of metal yarn was overworked again to give it the necessary severity and patina. The lining is completely made of ermine (faux fur). A large side hoop and a Rococo corset with hand-sewn eyelets serve as undergarment.


Supplement order for an additional scene: Rococo corset with hand-sewn eyelets, trimmed with antique damask; it is worn over a lace-decorated chemise.

In total we only had 4 weeks (!) for conceptual design, procurement of materials and creation.

 
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