In the late decades of the 1800s, the steam ship make intercontinental travel and trade easier than ever, and the age of imperialism truly began. Interest in all things exotic reached a new high, and orientalism became the new fashion trend.
“The chinoiserie print covered in the vermiculate gold chainstitch alongside the contrasting embroidered net trim encompasses the wearer in lavish exoticism. It was fashionable in the period to seek such exoticism in home furnishings as well as fashion. The design vocabulary of the world was often reinterpreted in embroidery styles throughout the period.”