Turn of  last century Ceremonial Court Dress by N. P. Lamanova's Workshop (State Hermitage Museum - St. Petersburg federal city, Russia)

A federal city is an administrative district fully equal to a region (oblast) in Russian law. This is not the same as New York City that is not a state in the USA. New York City is located in the much larger State of New York that has status at the federal level in USA law, entitled to two members in the higher legislative body (the Senate) while New York City has no Senators of its own. Given St. Petersburg's size and historical importance during the Romanov period and its heroic role in World War 2 (as Leningrad), this looks reasonable to a non-Russian. I live in a US state, California, that some want to break up into three smaller states strictly to give a political party, the one representing caucasians almost exclusively, a stronger hand as the caucasian majority becomes a minority due to demographic factors.

From pinterest.com/1stbluestocking/robe-de-cour-18771929/; enlarged by half.

Turn of  last century Ceremonial Court Dress by N. P. Lamanova's Workshop (State Hermitage Museum - St. Petersburg federal city, Russia) From pinterest.com:1stbluestocking:robe-de-cour-18771929: X 1.5

Here is stylish dress glammed up for wear in the Imperial Russian court. The bodice appears to continue in a peplum.

Keywords:  Lamanova, Russian, pouter pigeon bodice, scoop neckline, notched quarter length close sleeves, draped bodice ornament, waist band, shallow vee waistline, peplum, close skirt, over-skirt, train

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