It depicts a costume based around peacock feathers, with very exaggeratedly large peacock eyes on the skirt, an effect enhanced with applied tendrils of fringe, possibly chenille thread, to suggest the feathers.
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This design was possibly created as a fancy dress costume for Charles Frederick Worth, or as a theatre or ballet costume. Such costumes could be cryptic, with the theme of this one particularly open to interpretation.