This is a lovely scene. We are in Volume II, Part Three, Chapter XIV. It is New Year's Eve of 1810. The Rostov girls are getting dressed to attend their first ball, le reveillon given by a grand dignitary of Catherine the Great's time.
"All the essentials had already been done: feet, hands, neck, ears had been washed, perfumed and powdered with special thoroughness for the ball; they already had on their silk lace stockings and white satin booties with bows; their hairdressing was nearly done. Sonya was finishing dressing as was the countess; but Natasha, who had fussed over everybody, lagged behind."
The original text includes some black and white illustrations, one of which I used here. One of the things I'd like to learn how to do is photo transfer. It is hard to find an old-style copy machine that uses toner rather than laser jet. That is my goal for this project! -- Lola
from page 571-572 of original text
page 454-455 of Pevear/Volokhonsky translation