It's All in the Details
One of the things I love about historic dress are the minute details (or in some cases the loud and garish ones) that highlight femininity, status, or even the era in which it was worn. There's so much the details can tell about how a dress was constructed, how it might have been worn, and what alterations may have been made throughout the garments life.
Late 19th and early 20th century lingerie dresses were big on the details. Being made out of white lightweight fabric, the dress needed to look more like an acceptable day dress than a nightgown, yet the eyelets, lace, and gauzy nature of the gowns aptly described the visual details of the dresses.
I'll be doing a more in depth post on this Edwardian lingerie gown at some point, but for now, I leave you with the oh-so-lovely details.