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During the Russian Revolution, the Duchess moved with her family to safety while her jewels were hidden in a vault in the Vladimir Palace. The looters never found the treasure, and a member of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service friendly with the Duchess' family managed to rescue the jewels and send them back to her.
Ball gown, Worth, ca. 1905. Stiff, heavy velvets and dense satins had waned in popularity by the time of this design. Here, a more flexible, lighter-weight velvet provides the fluid backdrop for embellishment, allowing the fabric to flow with the heavier silver lace and looped chenille. A popular sleeve treatment during this period combines shoulder strap with loose decorative flounce, revealing upper arm. Museum of the City of New York
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historyforbreakfast: Anastasia, Tatiana, Maria and Olga in 1915. This photo is from the Romanov Collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Three years later they would be taken in a basement with their parents and brother stood against the wall and shot by the Bolshevicks/Communistshop://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/romanov_album.htm