russian headdress


Kokoshnik is a traditional Russian headdress worn by women and girls to accompany the sarafan, primarily worn in the northern regions of Russia in the 16th to 19th centuries.

Кокошник -  (от слав. «кокош», обозначавшего курицу и петуха,старинный русский головной убор в виде гребня (опахала, полумесяца или округлого щита) вокруг головы, символ русского традиционного костюма.

This piece is inspired by William A. Ewing’s photography book ‘Body, Photographs of the human form’. This is quite an old book so I got it really cheap on amazon yay for me! It’s definitely worth a look guys!

It took me quite some time to figure out what kind of headdress I got in my head for this drawing and then I remembered those beautiful Russian folk headdresses that I saw so often in Russian old movies and cartoons when I was a kid, ahh they are absolutely gorgeous!


This object is from the collection of Natalia de Shabelsky (1841-1905), a Russian noblewoman compelled to preserve what she perceived as the vanishing folk art traditions of her native country. Traveling extensively throughout Great Russia, she collected many fine examples of textile art of the wealthy peasant class. From the 1870s until moving to France in 1902, Shabelsky amassed a large collection of intricately embroidered hand-woven household textiles and opulent festival garments with rich decoration and elaborate motifs.

The double-headed imperial eagle is common to many cultures throughout history, most notably Byzantium. The dual heads were meant represent the secular and religious sovereignty of the monarch, as well as power over the East and West. This headdress is spectacular both in size and rendering. The dense decoration as well as the Russian heraldic symbol creates a sense of grandeur and importance.

Medium: metal silk, paper, cotton, metal, mother-of-pearl, glass, semi-precious stones Dimensions: (a): 19 in. (48.3 cm) (b): 13 in. (33 cm)Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Greenman Stillman, 1931

ROYAL JEWELLERY || Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara
Made in 1900 for Tsar Nicholai II of Russia’s wife Alexandra Feodorovna, this is one of the relatively few pieces of magnificent Romanov jewellery to have made its way out of the revolution in one piece. The tiara consists of aquamarines and diamonds and is modelled after the traditional Russian headdress, the kokoshnik. It was purchased by Wartski in the late 1920s and is a part of a parure consisting of a tiara alongside matching earrings and a necklace – also made of aquamarines and diamonds. The tiara’s jeweller as well as current whereabouts remain unknown.

Westminster Jewels: Blue Enamel Tiara

The Westminsters have this intriguing tiara from Chaumet. As we’ve discussed in the past, kokoshnik is often used to refer to a tiara that takes the shape of the traditional fabric Russian headdresses. This one, however, is an unusually literal translation in which blue enamel serves to mimic the fabric kokoshniks were made of and diamond flowers translate to the ornamentation kokoshniks often featured. This one was originally bought by the 2nd Duke of Westminster; it left the family for a time before the current duke reacquired it.


Iron Wig 2016 - Round 1

All the contestants got a Jasmine in Cherry Red and Long Ponytail Clip in Light Copper Red and had to make a Freestyle wig. This is the wig I styled in this round!

My wig is a combination of an octopus-like shape and a Kokoshnik (a traditional Russian headdress). The color of the wig and clip-on inspired me to make it into an octopus. The Kokosnik gave me the idea to shape the wig into this design.  I styled the rest of the wig in s uch a way that the idea of the octopus is still visible.

Hope you like it!
I ended up 2nd place, so I will go to the next round :D


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The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara

The tiara and matching brooch came from the collection of Princess Margaret of Connaught, who married the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. She died suddenly at the age of 38 in 1920, pregnant at the time with her sixth child, and her jewels were split between her children. The aquamarine set reappeared on Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha during the pre-wedding celebrations for her marriage to Margaret’s son Gustaf Adolf. Sibylla wore it from then on.

The tiara ended up with Princess Margaretha, the eldest of Sibylla and Gustaf Adolf’s five children. Margaretha married a British businessman, John Ambler, and moved to the United Kingdom. As her involvement in royal events decreased, the tiara was seen less and less. The couple’s daughter, Sibylla Ambler, wore it for her 1998 wedding, but after that it went completely unseen.

The Princess Margaretha surprised  all by popping up in both the tiara and the brooch at her niece Crown Princess Victoria’s 2010 wedding! The original press release detailing the jewels to be worn by the family members stated that Margaretha would be wearing the Baden Fringe Tiara. The tiara still belongs to Princess Margaretha, and we’ve also seen it borrowed by her sister Princess Christina and her niece Princess Madeleine worn the tiara at the Nobel Prize ceremony, at a tea party for sick children, and in an official portrait.

The large rounded sea blue stones are each framed by diamonds and connected with delicate diamond work. The overall shape resembles the kokoshnik headdresses from Russian national dress, hence the kokoshnik name.