At the end of February 1903, the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg hosted one of the most spectacular masquerade balls, the bigger and most lavish of all. However, the splendour of such ball seems to bring itself a bad omen. As a matter of fact, this celebration ended up being the Romanovs’ last ball, as tsarist Russia was about to change forever.
This magnificent event lasted 2 days, in celebration (ironically) of the 290th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. A huge feast, accompanied by dancing and followed by the masquerade was held and immortalised in these unique photographs. You can see this sort of tsarist party photo booth in the gallery.