In the above illustration are shown four pleasing models for reception gowns. The first figure at the extreme left shows a maize-colored gown of crepe de Chine made with a very plain skirt trimmed down the front and around the foot with fine galon. The full bodice and puffed sleeves are of crepe, and the corselet is of handsome open passementerie finished by a narrow band of passementerie up the front.
The next figure shows a costume of black silk and black satin with colored broche spots. The skirt and plastron are of black silk covered with lace flounces. The dress is composed of the figured satin, with the skirt made open and draped in front over the lace flowers. The pointed bodice has also draped fronts, and the somewhat full sleeves are trimmed in their length with puffs of lace; this is a very refined costume.
The third figure shows our readers a pretty costume of figured and plain bengaline; the figured, mauve and white, composes the skirt trimmed with ruches of chiffon. The draped bodice and pleated basques are of plain bengaline, as is also the corselet. The plastron and collar are both embroidered. The sleeves are of the plain bengaline, and are tastefully trimmed from the wrist nearly to the elbow with ruches of chiffon. A ruche of chiffon outlines the lower edge of the bodice and heads the basque.
The fourth figure shows another dainty costume of silver-gray poult de soie, the plain skirt of which is adorned by five narrow flounces of embroidered chiffon. The round bodice is finished with basques and is fastened diagonally and trimmed with a frilled revers, collar of embroidered chiffon. The deep cuffs match the revers, and a velvet waist-band finished with a rosette, and a rosette of same kind at the neck, complete this toilette.
Miranda (1892, May) Costumes for Afternoon Receptions. The Ladies’ World Vol. XIII (No. 5), 10. Retrieved from http://victoriantimes.us/fashion/costumes-for-afternoon-receptions