Because they allow fingers to be freely moved, mitts are more functional than gloves. They became popular in the late century. Some fashion plates of the period depict women embroidering or reading when wearing such mitts.
These shoes pictured have the Louis heel which was a curved heel that was very popular in the century. Of wool, linen and silk (printed silk covers the Louis heel). From the Metropolitan Museum Museum of Art
Afternoon dress, 1885 The passementerie on this elegant dress is clearly influenced by the Arts and Crafts design aesthetic which was extremely popular 1880 and This is an excellent example of how a movement which is mostly based in architecture and