As compared with magnificence of the court way of life the personal requirements of Tsarina Catherine ll were moderate as she intentionally pointed it out. The state secretary of Catherine II who described the last ten years of her reign Gribovskoy indicated that she wore a plain loose dress of grey or violet silk. Orders and jewellery decorated her costume made of brocade or velvet all in the same style only at gala receptions.
She introduced a fashion of wearing “Russian style” dresses at the court and used elements of national costume in her attire.
(Red Coronation Gown of Catherine the Great)