"Splendors of the Silk Road"
Please note, these costumes are not for sale. Photographs have been posted for educational purposes.
Another item modeled in the ''Splendors of the Silk Road'' fashion show and lecture, this Turkmen costume consists of a dress with a highly embroidered garment with false sleeves. It is supposed to be worn over the head, like a paranjah
but for the photo, it is shown on the shoulders so the headdress, suitable for a
girl, can be seen.
Jewelry pieces have been sewn onto the dress, creating something of a portable bank account. In times of need, the silver jewelry could be removed and sold.
Laurel Victoria Gray acquired the headdress jewelry in the 1980s and the garments in the early 1990s.
The beautiful, bright orange dress embroidered with colorful flowers was a
personal costume of Peoples Artist of Uzbekistan, Dilyafruz Djabbarova, who
presented it to Laurel Victoria Gray. The sparkling crown was also a gift to Dr.
Gray from the choreographer Shakir Ahmedov of Tashkent;s Mukimi
This Azerbaijani dance costume was custom made according to traditional styles for Laurel Victoria Gray by Zinaida Kuraish of State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Opera and Ballet named for Alisher Navoi in Tashkent,Uzbekistan. The blouse is lace and the jacket is patterned with shades of bronze, black, and gold. The bronze satin skirt is very full.
The white silk veil is embellished with hundreds of single sequins sewn in patterns by hand by LVG.