Ballerina Anna Pavlova in a Russian traditional headdress kokoshnik & Sasha Pivovarova wearing a headdress inspired by kokoshnik, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Paris-Moscow 2009
"The Kokoshnik is based on a construction of thick cloth or a wire frame, with varying degrees of ornamentation on top. The high arch of the hat extends down to the ears, or can continue into a veil or shawls with ribbons and bows flowing down over the neck and shoulders. Pearls were a favourite decoration for Kokoshniki, especially ones associated with wedding rituals. They are not meant for everyday use but for special occasions. There is some debate as to whether in their early days Kokoshniki could only be worn by married women, but it seems they were worn by unmarried women in time."