Russian Court dress Empress Marie Feodorovna, wife of Emperor Paul I. In century Russia the nobility spent most evenings at grand balls during the winter months. They wore their most exquisite gowns and jewelry dripping from every inch of their bodies.
French Coat and waistcoat worn by Tsar Peter II, Moscow Kremlin Museums, decorated in silver embroidery, worked separately then applied to the velvet and taffeta, rather than embroidered directly onto the coat and waistcoat.
In eighteenth-century dress, the torso was encased by layers of quilted linen and boning that constitute an exaggerated exoskeleton. An inevitable consequence of this redefinition of the torso is an emphasis on the hip and bustline
Embroidery on linen was a popular pastime for both men and women in the upper classes and the patterns were often chosen to resemble silk fabric. Dress à la polonaise, outer fabric embroidered linen, lining linen, KM Photo Pernilla Rasmussen