A Story of Pajamas – From Russia to Palazzo Pitti

Wearing pajamas suit in public is not any recent fashion innovation but a certain classic style that always stays chic in a right place at a right time.

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“Palazzo Pajamas” by Dolce & Gabbana 2016


In January 1960, during one of the fashion shows presented for the eyes of great society at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the “palazzo pajamas” saw the day light.

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“Palazzo Pajamas” by Irene Galitzine

The name behind the evening trouser suit made of either flowing in gauzy or thin and embroidered fabrics was conceived by the Italian designer and Russian Princess Irene Galitzine.

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Irene Galitzine

Fourty years earlier, in 1919 ten-month old Irene, daughter of Russian Prince, an official of the imperial guard, Boris Galitzine and Georgian Princess Nina Lazareff, fled from the October Revolution in her mother’s arms by literally taking the last boat to Constantinople. The family would later reunite in Rome.

After a few years as a successful fashion designer (1946-1960) with customers such as Claudia Cardinale, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hupburn, Irene was now looking for a change in her personal style.

Irene Galitzine con Jackie Kennedy, Villa Vivara. Capri 1962

Irene Galitzine and Jackie Kennedy, Villa Vivara. Capri 1962

Everyone around was wearing Emilio Pucci’s suits and Irene was not any exclusion. However, she was longing for something different to wear during her vacation on Capri, known for its liberal views. Apparently, a pajamas-inspired suit became a perfect creative solution, where femininity with its soft lines and clear cut was combined with brutality which talked negligé by not exposing any single part of the woman’s body wearing such a suit.


Irene Galitzine and Diana Vreeland

Almost immediately after the fashion show the suit became a great success, where Diana Vreeland happened to be a certain God mother to the suit by giving it the name “palazzo pajamas” in Vogue. Thus Russian soul and Italian design have given the pyjamas its “palazzo” status.

Here is a picture of the raw material for my “palazzo pajamas”-to-be for the summer season. Do you have any pyjamas palazzo in your wardrobe? How do you wear it? Please feel free to share your style tips here. I am going to a palazzo this summer, where I definitely will add an extra noble feeling by wearing my “palazzo pajamas”, close to my Russian soul…

My "Palazzo Pajamas"-to-be

My “Palazzo Pajamas”-to-be

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