The Victorians were very good at many things. One of them was piling lots and lots of decoration onto whatever they got hold of. This tendency expressed itself quite handily in how women's evening wear, and in especial, the outer garments meant for evening were designed, and enhanced. At no time before or since have the coats, cloaks, mantles, wraps and dolmans women wore been as lavishly adorned as during the second half of the 1800s.
They also stand as a tribute to the clearly talented ladies who devised them, and sewed them up into reality.
So enjoy the view. These are amazing examples of the form, and fitting samples of a life and time that has vanished utterly.