Known for her shrewd political maneuverings and a watchful eye on the lands she governed, Catherine made favourites of high-ranking military officials and took a great interest in the direction and leadership of Russian's armed forces. In this Lady Mundirnye gown we can see the military influence seeping into Catherine's clothing, to great effect.
I love the style of this dress that blends fashion and femininity with traditional elements of military dress, with the colours chosen reflecting those used by the Cavalry from 1764 until they were disbanded in 1796. The Empress would have worn this striking outfit to attend parades or other military-themed events that called for a little pizzazz.
I am sure she cut quite a dash!
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