The bodice was fashioned after a pattern in an 1887 Demorest catalog, and the skirt is asymmetrical, with the draping being different on each side.
The dress is made in plum acetate satin, and brocaded velvet (stamped velvet). The hem of the skirt is set off by booklined knife pleating and a row of dagging at the front with beaded starbursts. The sleeves are 3/4 length coming just to the elbow and are plum satin accented with bias bands of the black cut velvet and beaded loops. The bodice features a square low neckline with beaded lapels, and a lace-up front. It was fashioned after a reception dress, but the use was to be for a high class madam to wear.”