Two great queens who made history. Two women, two epochs. Empress Elizabeth of Russia (1709-1762) and Queen Victoria of Great Britain (1819-1901). Very different at first glance, they ruled different states at different times.

Elizaveta Petrovna, Empress of Russia, was an innovator who developed art, culture and science. Known as fashionista, she followed the trends and set the tone for the whole court. A passionate lover of the Baroque, the empress introduced a desire for luxury and grandeur even in small things, so that the Russian imperial court of the 1740s and 1750s was one of the most sophisticated in Europe. She did not appear in the same costume twice, preferring to change outfits several times a day. Thanks to this, Russia inherited more than 15’000 dresses.

Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, was an absolute puritan. In her time, irreproachable reputation was valued above any money, while doubtful one instantly closed all doors. Politeness and restraint were considered virtues. Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to wear a white wedding dress. At that time, any colors other than white were accepted in the wedding fashion. The queen invented a special model of a wedding dress – Victorian with a narrow bodice, voluminous skirt on crinolines and a long train.

The Yanina Couture Fall-Winter 2020 collection is built on contrasts and a mixture of styles of two heroines, two eras.


Take a seat in the first row and enjoy Yanina’s couture show which took place on 3 July 2019 at the Centre Spirituel et Culturel Orthodoxe Russe in Paris. It was hosted by Alexeï Meshkov, Russia’s ambassador in France, and his wife. Make-up by Maria Pia Saragnese for Beautick, hair by Beppe d’Elia for Beautick.


Luxurious corsets, royal ball gowns, puffy sleeves, embroidered stockings, bows, combined with chaste, closed attire, high neck, white cuffs and collars. Yulia Yanina subtly mixes epochs and different cultures, masterly plays with fabrics, combining Chantilly lace with leather, a weightless veil with velvet, and embroidering stockings with stones. A strict suit with a long, narrow skirt, making a step meek and unhurried, combined with a leather top, a deaf velvet dress with long sleeves, but with a translucent lace insert on the chest.

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