Also on these boards
Evening Dress, ca. 1795, British (probably), cotton, silk. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art costume collection. (Click through for close-up of embroidery.)
Cotton dress, ca. 1800, French. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art costume collection. (Bib front gown, all over embroidery - looks like eyelet design along edge of bodice bib and sleeves)
Evening dress ca. 1814 - probably silk satin and net. Elaborate lace on the collar. - in the Metropolitan Museum of Art costume collections.