I'm having a little trouble outfitting a character for a small-ish dinner party in the late Victorian era, roughly the 1890's. Things can be hand-wavy since it's an AU, but ideally I'd like to have a preserved gown, or less ideally, a fashion plate to work from.
The character in question is the daughter of a marquess, and needs to be all kinds of fashionable (and lording it over the less well to do guests just a bit-she's not a particularly pleasant guest). I was hoping for shot-silk/taffeta or watered silk, but while I've found references to those fabrics being used, I can't seem to find any information on how popular they were, or what sort of trim or jewelry might be used with 'em. More importantly, I'd like her to be dressed in a darker violet or red or berry color, or a medium/sky blue, and I just can't seem to find these colors outside of day dresses and costumes. (She's not a young woman, and doesn't need to be in pastels, at this point, but I'd like her to at least wear something other than black, white, or gold.)
I've used Worth gowns, 1890s Worth gown, 1890's gowns, Victorian evening gowns (&) dresses, shot silk (&) taffeta evening gowns, 1890's evening fashion so far. Any information on what would be the height of fashion as far as materials and colors go would be awesome, so if she's more likely to be in velvet, or anything else, that works too.