I guess, I could translate “tsarevna” as “princess” because technically it’s the same thing, but since tsarevna is the title for a Russian princess I decided to keep everything more authentic.
I don’t know the story behind this editorial, but some of the styling elements reminded me of a fairy-tale by Alexander Pushkin. One of the characters was a sea tsarevna that would appear as a swan (nothing to do with the Swan lake, by the way). The story then inspired an opera written by Rimsky-Korsakov.
The costumes and decorations for the opera were designed by a Russian artist, Mikhail Vrubel and it is one of his paintings that somehow linked my childhood memories of the image to these photos from the March issue of Russian Vogue 2008.
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Vogue Russia March 2008 (photography: Paolo Roversi, styling: Patti Wilson)