An abundance of English oak leaves woven in luxurious tapestry and adorned with hand embroidered wild brambles made from Swarovski pearls.
Handmade in England
THE PRINCESS & THE LOST TIARA
Our sheer silk chiffon embellished dress and fine kid mohair-silk knit with Swarovski pearls, photographed in Saint Petersburg’s Yusupov Palace.
In 1914, Princess Irina Alexandrovna, daughter of Grand Duchess Xenia of Russia and niece of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II, wed Prince Felix Yusupov. The tiara she wore had been created by Cartier’s Paris workshop in 1911 and on the day of their marriage it held a veil that had belonged to Marie Antoinette.
Soon afterwards the couple were forced to flee Russia during the revolution, having to leave the headpiece behind, hidden with other valuables. Time passed, but eventually the tiara was discovered and confiscated by the Bolsheviks.
It has been missing since 1925.