Black and purple silk charmeuse pieced together, chinoiserie floral embroidery; ribbons from shoulder stitched at back waist; tassels at ends.
This dress was an interpretation of a Japanese kimono style by a Western designer. The influence of the Japanese kimono may be observed around the collar, the front neck opening in uchiawase style, and the straight-cut “kimono sleeves.” The round cut from front slit to train evokes the beauty of a trailing kimono. The design of the embroidery and the style of the back of the dress demonstrate a Chinese influence as well.
Image and text taken from the book:
Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, Kyoto Costume Institute, pg 356