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. Paris: Albert Godde, Bedin et Cie. 1921-1933. Drawings by J. Dory, Marioton and Vitrotto.
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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