1840 Dinner Dress via The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.--cinnamon seems to have been a popular color in California, and the ruffled skirt is seen in paintings of Californio day dresses. Most of the trading ships came from Boston.
Herbert Luey Evening dress Met Museum ca. 1890 One of the cases where the back of the gown certainly exceeds the front. Such spectacular draping! This is what happens with proper fabric choice, ladies and gents.