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From Peter the Great's doublet to the wedding dress of the last czar's wife Alexandra, Russia's renowned Hermitage Museum has put on display highlights from its vast and unique costume archive.A long gallery with panoramic glass cases features 130 mannequins wearing clothes dating from the 18th century, most of which belonged to the Romanov dynasty that ruled until the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 .Ruling in the 17th and 18th centuries, the czar who founded St. Petersburg was extremely tall for his day at around two meters, and was known for his simple tastes.Dressmakers and lacemakers spent more than six months creating the dress.
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