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.

Model: Mademoiselle Karma
Photographer & Headpiece: Viola.Odorata

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.

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!

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