Fancy Dress Costume Manchester City Galleries Interesting to note the Gallery dates the fabric to the century. ‘Fancy dress outfit using remade century Indian painted cotton based on European design printed with floral design.
Day dress ca. early 1870s. Silk bodice, skirt, and overskirt trimmed with Maltese lace. Royal Pavilion & Brighton Museums blog: "The cut of the dress is a fashionable silhouette for the time. With the decorative overskirt and the fichu (the shawl-like neckline) and further decoration added with the lace trimming and the fabric bows on the bodice, this outfit is little more than conspicuous consumption, which was a common way for Victorian people to show off how much money they had."