I have been reading about Orientalism recently ( Orientalism, Visions of the East in Western Dress, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Noble Dreams Wicked Pleasures Orientalism in America 1870-1930, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute). One of the dresses in the Metropolitan book/exhibit caught my eye.
This image is from the Metropolitian Museum of Art, Costume Institute. Acession #1977.304.1.www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/collection_database/
The dress is French and dated c. 1855. The fabric is cotton gauze. The image to the left is from one of my sample books dated 1843. The fabric is gauze with woven satin stripes and the designs have a similar look.