For someone who finds matching her socks a sartorial challenge, I was knocked on my blue-denimed backside by the exquisite garments in this volume. I was especially drawn to the designs inspired by the peasant costumes. The love for color and pattern in the simple blouse and sarafans find their mark in the aristocratic costumes, though what was woven with red cotton thread is redone in gold and silver. The other Russian contribution to fashion is the padded jacket. The trim Regency-era garment from the milder European climes has been quilt-lined as a concession to the frigid weather, instantly bloating the wearer. Anna, my long-limbed, arm-swinging heroine, will not be pleased when I press her into one of these.
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