Monday, September 19, 2011

Princess Xenia's lingerie sets record price

September 19, 1921

Princess Xenia of Russia's lingerie is the "mostly costly underwear produced in Paris" since the war.   The order was completed today.

The young Princess Xenia is soon to be married to William B. Leeds,  son of the late tin magnate, William Leeds and the former Mrs. Leeds, known as the "million dollar widow."

The "daintiest undergarment of all," which Xenia will wear on her wedding day, is made of "Alencon late and is worth a king's ransom."  The cost of the lingerie is about "hundreds of thousands of francs.

Princess Xenia is the younger daughter of the late Grand Duke George of Russia and Princess Marie of Greece.  Grand Duchess Marie and her two daughters were in England when war broke out in 1914, and they did not return to Russia.  Grand Duke George was killed by the Bolsheviks in January 1919.

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