Tea gown, ca. 1880: "One does not go out to dine in a tea-gown except in the house of a member of one's family or a most intimate friend. One would wear a tea-gown in one's own house in receiving a guest to whose house one would wear a dinner dress." == Emily Post, Etiquette, 1922.
Victorian Mourning Gown Front View 1880's original mourning gown. Gown images courtesy of time-travelers antiques on ebay. "A most becoming original circa 1880 lady's black silk taffeta 2 piece bustled and trained mourning dress that is a very good example of a woman not sacrificing style at the time of mourning.
Gorgeous champagne-colored evening dress by Jean-Philippe Worth (circa 1887-89). This silk gown has many classic elements of the late Victorian era ~ squared neckline, fitted & boned bodice, asymetrical swag on the front of the skirt (on this gown, it is made of champagne lace) A golden satin ribbon was used to create an waist sash & as adornment at the shoulders