Ball Gown, Rouff, Paris, France: ca. 1888, embroidered silk satin with metallic threads and sequins, silk brocade train. "In the second half of the 19th century, Lyon silk manufactures who produced the materials used in Paris "Haute Couture" kept their eyes to the popular Japonism trend as a new design source. In the latter half of the 1880s the bustle reduced in size, and the entire dress changed to a more simple style. At the rear of the skirt, vestiges of the bustle style remained..."