I've never before done a post here about a single ensemble. But this is just so flat out extraordinary, that I really must.
I was searching around this morning on various blogs, doing my usual gleaning of images for use now and later on Attire's Mind, when I stumbled upon this court ensemble, created by the venerated house of Drecoll, Vienna; and found through carolynforbestextiles.com. It was made up somewhere in the late 19th or very early 20th centuries.
The entire bodice front is covered with a silk net plastron that continues to the hem. The net has been embroidered with glass beads pearls and paste stones, as are the cuffs of the gown.
Then there is that amazing trained vest coat. The large scaled silk brocade is a gold and white composition of bouquets of flowers on a lattice work background. This, like the lame' is a textile of the very highest order; and Drecoll wisely kept the style simple to allow the fabric to sing as it should. The entire outer edge of the coat is bordered in ermine, which has clearly been stored well, since it would have otherwise dried out and begun to deteriorate.