This is a nice example of an early bustle day dress worn for promenading and visiting. Skirt decoration in this period was often achieved by using two separate skirts, with an overskirt being the main source of decoration and the puffing for the bustle
American walking dress, c. of blue watered silk, trimmed with black lace, white ribbon, and jet beads. metal rings sewn into the seams are designed to be used with a skirt lifting device to raise the skirt into swags over an underskirt.
FCBTC / Dress ca. Pale olive green taffeta, damask, and sateen. Cuirasse style bodice, central panel of figured blue-green silk, attatched lace collar. Overskirt of figured silk attatches to bodice and is elaborately draped at the back.