I love this woman's costume. We dressed her for featured-background work on Bel Ami, she was dressed head to toe in original stock.
The hat is detailed here and comes from Aram in Paris, the two piece, bodice and skirt, is from Angels Costumes in London. The bodice is tiny, I saw it when I was in Angels last week and it reminded me of this picture. Often the surviving clothes we use are difficult sizes for us to fit onto people, this naturally controls how often they are used and extends their life.
It's always interesting to see real clothes worn as they would have been worn.
A perfect fit and still earning their keep 125 years later.