Military Tsar

The grass really is greener on the other side when you live in a land covered in ice.  The V&A is taking its visitors on a 200-year trip through the Russian Royals' wardrobes of mainly French-inspired duds.  Magnificence of the Tsars opens today and runs through March 29.

Above: Coronation uniform of Nicholas I, Russia, 1826.  Wool coat with metal braid.
Coronation uniform of Paul I, Russia, 1796. Wool coat and waistcoat, elkskin trousers and felt hat.

Coachman's jacket, Russia, 188-1917


  1. Looks like the show would almost justify the plane ticket!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Neato find. Ever try It has tons of stuff like this but from the British Empire.

  3. Love a uniform - will definitely go, xv.

  4. Hogspear is insane! One of the coolest things on the net. What treasures. Like a museum, really.

  5. so beautiful.

    i hope they have published a catalogue!

  6. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful! You can see how fashion is getting inspiration from uniforms.

  7. Sue says:

    Very interesting blog you have. I have been enjoying your Christmas gift ideas. Very nice to meet you.

  8. dad went to west point; husband to annapolis...i love a man in uniform! thanks, hollister, spit-shined as always! five stars, for sure. vt

  9. Thank God Michael Jackson didn't see this. Fingers crossed of course.

  10. Love the V and A.
    Some years ago the Brooklyn Museum had an exhibition of jewelry from the tsars - so beautiful! Huge emeralds and diamonds. I was walking around in circles, I couldn't leave.

  11. Oh my, I love the V & A. It is my favorite place to visit in London, and I always come away from it wanting to make something fantastic or learn a new craft.

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