BEADED CHIFFON DINNER DRESS, c. Two piece grey silk having sleeveless tunic and under-dress decorated with a pastel floral on a lattice of black iridill beads, two tiered under-dress all with scalloped hem bands.
Evening Dress, Paul Poiret: silk satin dress with silk tulle overdress, embroidery of beads and metallic thread, tulle peplum.In when the S-curve silhouette was still overwhelmingly popular, Poiret introduced high waist corsetless dresses.
Ceremonial court dress belonging to Grand Duchess Maria Fyodorovna, Russia (?), 1860s. Silk, tulle, metallic thread, artificial flowers. State Hermitage Museum (link: http://www.hermitage.guide/costume/costume1.html). It is possible that Maria Fyodorovna donned the dress for her engagement to Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia (see detail from Mihály Zichy´s painting of the event, via Imperial Russia's Tumblr). CLICK FOR VERY LARGE IMAGES.