Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, c. 1885, Vintage Textile. Silk brocade, silk satin, cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress." See VintageTextile.com on Facebook.
1890s evening ensemble -Artistic dress was donned by women with the courage to forgo conventional fashion. Seasonal trends, mass production, and corporeal contortions were or no interest to the artistically inclined. Instead, they preferred the ease of movement offered by flowing, hand-crafted garments reminiscent of antiquity.
I'm digging Penny Dreadful, my new binge watching obsession. the show takes place in the 1890s, and Eva Green's Vanessa Ives has some fantastic costumes in dark, rich colors and fabrics, with subtle changes between day and evening shades.