The silhouette is one that was in the process of morphing. In just a few years, the cuirass shape would take over, clamping women in skin tight clothing from neck to knee. But for now, the narrowness of the skirt is not so tight as to be completely restrictive, and the sleeves, though trimly cut, have not gotten to the compressive state they will by the 1880s.
The cream silk satin under skirt is made up with 6 regular rows of ruching, and finished at the hem with two rows of narrow knife pleats. The over skirt is trimmed with motifs of beadwork in chalk finish rocaille beads and the hemline is finished with rows of elaborate passementerie fringes mounted on a silk mesh.