In 1894 Charles Frederick Worth designed this magisterial ensemble for some wealthy lady of influence. To say this makes an impression is undercutting its potency considerably. If you saw someone getting out of a carriage in this there would be no question in your mind that this was someone of importance. part of what heightens its impact is that it was quite unusual for there to be a dress and matching coat. Typically they were made of different materials, since most ladies, even wealthy ones had only a few coats and wraps. So this was for someone whose wealth was extreme, and it is supposed the owner was an American.
This ensemble of matching dress, cloak, and muff, is made up predominantly of a complex silk velvet that is a ribbon stripe. The stripe alternates between bands of solid deep plum color, and highly decorative bands of voided velvet showing the lighter ground material.
Imposing is an appropriate term for this lavish and class conscious outfit.