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Dressing Room (c) SKB, Photo: Alexander Eugen Koller

At Schönbrunn, as in other imperial court residences, Elisabeth had her own dressing room. The empress’s daily routine was dominated by a strict regime of beauty care and exercise which she followed to preserve her appearance.

Caring for her magnificent head of hair took several hours each day. Her hairdresser, Franziska Feifalik, became one of the empress’s closest confidantes and sometimes
even took her place in public, for example on official occasions where she would only be seen from afar.

The rosewood furnishings in the Dressing Room are part of a suite of furniture which also included that in the bedroom shared by the imperial couple as well as the
linen cupboards, which were probably used in the Linen Chamber on the mezzanine floor above.

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