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Magnificence of the Tsars - V&A

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION capturing the grandeur of Imperial Russia and entitled Magnificence of the Tsars will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum – from December 10, 2008 to March 29, 2009.

This display of the dress and uniforms of Emperors and officials of the Russian court, starting in the 1720s with the lavishly embroidered coats and elaborately patterned silk banyans from the wardrobe of Tsar Peter II, will span a period of almost two centuries.

Garments on display will include coronation uniforms and regalia of Paul I, Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II and Alexander III. Magnificence of the Tsars will explore the influences and crossovers between military uniform, court dress, European fashion and traditional Russian dress and will present the power and majesty of masculine uniform at its finest.

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Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL