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In the Russian Style Hardcover – April, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Fine Communications (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156731256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567312560
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on April 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When this book was published the Cold War was still a fact of life - and yet this exhibition focused on the costumes and fashions of the Imperial era of Russia. This was not something that the Soviets liked to highlight - but despite that they pulled out a dazzling aray of costumes linked to the Imperial court for this book (and exhibition I believe).

If this book had been fully published in colour it would still be a real classic, but as it is there is only a few pages of colour images which is a real shame. However, there are still some rare images in Black and White to be found in this book if you enjoy Russian costume. Its not all aristocartic - there are some festival costumes from the country, but this is a good introduction to the glory of Russian dress from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Around this time a rather big and lush colour book on costumes in Russia, with many of the same clothes was published called "Art of Costume in Russia: Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Century" that is worth seeking out if you enjoy Russian costume.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book based on the cover, so I was disappointed to see that there were just few color photographs, which are gorgeous nonetheless. Because the majority of the photographs & the illustrations are in black & white, the intricate details of the costume were not enhanced as well as the colored photos.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2001
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I love this book--I've worn out two copies of it already. A great mixture of text (the description of a Winter Palace ball is heaven) and glorious pictures. I wish there was a bit more about the royal family and some detail photos for the clothes (which are stunning--if you love vintage costume this book is a must have!) but those are quibbles. Great if you love old Russia, Royalty/Court Life.
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Format: Hardcover
Jacqueline Kennedy, an icon of fashion herself, has done a creditable job of editing this book, describing the lavish dress of the Russian nobility. All the book's chapters are broken down by czar; with Paul I and Alexander III being included, the main sections of the book are about Peter the Great, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great in the 18th century; and Alexander I, Nicholas I and Alexander II in the 19th century. Weirdly, the final czar and czarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, are not even mentioned here. He ruled from 1896 to 1917 and when their family was famously executed in 1918, it was said that it took 2 volleys of gunfire and bayoneting to kill the females for they were found to have sewn almost 3 lbs of precious jewels into their clothes which largely deflected the first round. Perhaps this can be excused because the bodies of most of the dead were first discovered and identified in 1998. However, isn't the ultimate height of Russian style best displayed by this last emperor's family? Their lavish dress and lifestyle symbolized the excesses of the emperors and directly led to the overthrow of the empire.

Like the other reviewers, I hate it that there are about 170 pages of b&w photos and only 8 of color. Perhaps my take on this book is more scathing than all the others because advances in publication since the middle of the 1970's have allowed for almost exclusively color illustrations. And I believe this book has been eclipsed by:

Russian Elegance: Country & City Fashion from the 15th to the Early 20th Century
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.D. on August 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got this book before there was an Amazon, but I still use it. J. Onassis put together the exhibition and the book and did a wonderful job. Because it is a pictorial history of the Russian Court's fashions, it makes an excellent history of fashion resource.

In a lot of historical costuming books there is quibbling about authenticity of the clothing, but these are all documented with unassailable provenance. These pictures are taken in the venue where the clothing was worn, giving a real idea of the period. They are also gorgeously done. There are not a lot of construction notes, but that was not the focus of the work.

This is a one-chance to really get a look at the true clothing of the Russian court from a lot of different periods. Since a lot of their style ideas came from Paris (most of them spoke French, not Russian) there is only seldom any Russian influence on the styles. When there is, it tends to be documented in the text, like the very specific court costumes that were required wear. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good reference on costuming in Europe and Russia over several centuries.
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By iPhone girl on December 16, 2014
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magnificent
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