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This rather lovely gown in the collection of the Museum of London was worn by Queen Victoria in 1855 on her state visit to Napoleon III and Empress Eugènie in Paris.

Alexander McQueen wedding dress inspiration from the 2011 savage beauty exhibition at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

As the dark takes over... more layering and overall darker colors through to black in costumes near end. (Theater Costume, created 1977 by Bruno Santini)

Ceremonial court dress belonging to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Made by the workshop of O. Bulbenkova (?), St. Petersburg, Russia. Late 19th to early 20th centuries. Velvet, satin and gilded metal thread. State Hermitage Museum (links: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/08.+Applied+Arts/1263422/?lng=en, http://www.hermitageline.ru/ru/blog/view/bal). Other photos are via Ghosts of Imperial Russia's Tumblr. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE, HI-RES IMAGES.