Friday, 27 January 2017
Fabergé & Nabokov - 1903 Costume Ball in the Winter Palace
Vladimir Nabokov’s grandfather, Dmitri was dismissed as the Minister of Justice by Alexander III and restored to favor by Nicholas II. Of the youngest daughters, Elisaveta was a lady-in-waiting to Empress Marie and Nadezhda, appointed on April 23rd, 1901, was a lady-in-waiting to Empress Alexandra.
Nadezhda, who later married Dmitri Wonlar-Larsky, attended the 1903 Costume Ball in the Winter Palace.
Photographs (below) of Nadezhda at the 1903 Costume Ball
Her old-Russian style gown was designed especially for her by Serge Diaghilev in the World of Art manner, which was then at its height, with edgings and patterns of precious stones on the broad collar and high cloth peak by Fabergé.
Photograph (below) of Dmitri Wonlar-Larsky at the 1903 Costume Ball
Photograph (below) of Elisavata Sayn-Wittgenstein nee Nabokova in Court Dress