Création Chanel. Dress worn by Princess Dimitri.

Chanel, Dress, haute couture, vintage, art-deco

Création Chanel 1932. Dress for afternoon-evening.

Création Chanel 1932

Robe d’apres-midi-soir en velours de coton noir, gris blanc. Portée par la Princesse Dimitri.

Dress for afternoon-evening, black velvet cotton, white gray. Worn by Princess Dimitri of Russia.

Source: Art・goût・beauté: feuillets de l’élégance féminine. Les succès d’art・gôut・bon ton. Paris: Albert Godde Bedin.

Princess Dimitri of Russia.

The model is Countess Marina Sergeievna Golenistcheva-Koutouzova (born 7 November 1912 in Petersburg, died January 7, 1969 in Sharon, Connecticut) married to Prince Dmitry Alexandrovich Romanov, Prince of Russia, son of Aleksandr Mikhailovich Romanov , Grand Duke of Russia and Kseniya Aleksandrovna Romanov, Grand Duchess of Russia, nephew of Tsar Nikolas II.

Both had known Coco Chanel in Paris. For a short time in the 1930s, in exile, he managed the store of Coco Chanel in Biarritz, while at the same time Marina worked for Coco Chanel as a model. Coco Chanel had a liaison with Grand Duchy Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov in the 1920s, who were often together in Biarritz, introducing the perfumer Ernest Beaux, who created the formula of the Chanel No. 5 fragrance.

Marina was emigrated to Paris after the revolution from Russia together with her parents, Count Sergei Alexandrovitch Golenishchev – Kutusov (1885-1950) and Mariya Alexandrovna Chernysheva – Besobrasova (1890-1995) across the Crimea and Istanbul.

They married in Paris on 25 October 1931. Marina wore a wedding dress from Chanel. The wedding was a social event and attracted much attention.
She was awarded the title of Countess Golenistcheva-Koutouzova, formally, she was named HSH Princess Marina Romanovskya-Koutouzova in 1931.

A daughter emerged from the marriage, Princess Nadejda Dmitrievna (July 4, 1933 – September 17, 2002).

In 1947 divorce the marriage and Marina moved with her daughter to the United States. In 1949, she married Otto de Neufville (September 6, 1897 – 1971), descendant of a major Frankfurt banker dynasty (I’m not quite sure, whether it was this family clan).

She died on January 7, 1969 in Sharon, Connecticut)

Source: C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings.

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Fin de siècle era, Art Nouveau, Art deco, Flapper, Gibson girls, Roaring Twenties.




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