Four pieces: 2 bodices, skirt, and belt. Magenta silk satin with black silk satin & black cotton lace. Shown here is the high-necked bodice for formal daytime wear. It also has lower-cut evening bodice.
This dress is in keeping with the interest in historical revivals popular in the century. The long puffed sleeves refer to both Elizabethan and early styles. The one-piece construction indicates it was probably intended for formal reception at home