The fin de siecle was an amazing time. It was a time of the wildest extravagances, amidst enormous social, and political upheavals. In just another decade of time, the social conventions that had ruled the lives of most people in the western world would being to collapse, to be replaced by simpler, more straightforward ideas of behavior and personal appearance.
This Worth dress, when I first caught sight of it, called out to be shared with you all. Its a wonderful example of precisely the attachment to convention, and to conspicuous consumption, that marked the whole Victorian period, and that was so resolutely swept away in the coming years.
Below the pointed black velvet waistband the skirt has vertical bands of silk floss embroidery that match the pattern in the bodice. These end shortly before the deep band of embroidery at the hem, which is of a different colored floss, and in a different pattern.