The World Of Russian Fairy Tales

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Margarita Kareva is a photographer from Yekaterinburg (1667 kilometers or 1 036 miles east of Moscow) who creates the unique fantasy-style fashion photos.

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Real elements of clothes go well together with decorations added with the help of photo editing.

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The result is incredibly realistic portrayals of Russian fairy tales and legends.

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Margarita uses Russian folk patterns, objects and even bears in her works.

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In Margarita’s fairy tale universe, you can find dark woods, polar bears, whimsical flowers in the snowy Russian winter, and of course, the heroines of the tales portrayed by beautiful girls.

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In ancient Russia, women didn’t wear hats: they were only for men. Women had their own headdresses that were even more beautiful and comfortable: kokoshniks. They were made from expensive materials – silk, velvet, or brocade – and were decorated with pearls, lace, stones, and embroidered gold thread.

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Outdoor clothes made of fur were an essential element of wardrobe.

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Another option was a dokha, a coat made of foal or calf skin with fur on the outside. There were also tulups, long and loose-fitting sheepskin or hareskin coats with big fur collars.

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Historically, national folk dress fell into neglect and disregard in Russia in the 17th century. This is due to a special order by Czar Peter the Great (1672-1725).

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The law required the nobility to adopt European-style clothing and, gradually, regular people eschewed traditional Russian clothing.

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The interest to the traditional Russian costume started to revive with Diaghilev’s “Saison Russe” in France and was intensified by Paul Poiret’s haute couture colletctions ‘a la russe’.

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