Dark wine-colored velvet, The long-waisted bodice exhibits lacing down front with high collar and red satin facing. The skirt incorporates a large bustle and pleats at the side, both heavily decorated with red glass beads and bugles.
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.