Two-piece day ensemble in beige, pale green, & purple, North American, ca. 1882-85. Cotton, wool, silk. Fawn wool bodice cut in "tailor-made" style, tightly fitted with center front button closure, long cuffed sleeves, & elaborate tail, to suggest man's tailcoat. These details contrast with lace trim at collar & cuffs, 3 large purple bows on wool swags, & 3 rows of narrow box pleats around skirt hem. Foundation skirt of watered silk taffeta, worn over cage bustle. Smith College Historic Costume
Evening Dress, Charles Frederick Worth: ca. 1894, silk satin two-piece dress, gigot sleeves, silk chiffon trim, bead embroidery. "During the late 19th Century, the age of Japonism, Japanese kimono and pattern books of kimono design (Hinagata) were brought into the West. The Japanese motifs and asymmetrical compositions in these examples of Japanese designs were gradually absorbed into Paris Haute Couture as new designs, as is evident in this example."
1860 Delicate as Spider Web Decorative Straw Work Summer Bonnet | eBay seller heartnsoul1; silk lining, neck curtain & ties; front to back: 9"; height: abt 10"
LADY'S EVENING ENSEMBLE, FRANCE, c. 1890 2-piece faun velvet lavishly tambour embroidered in rose blossom pattern, gold beadwork on cloth of gold collar & bodice appliques, matching bonnet w/ lining stamped in gold "A. Felix Brevete 15 Faub. St. Honore Paris", Augusta Auctions, November 13, 2013 - NYC