The French called the era from 1890 to 1914 La Belle Époque, an era of beautiful clothes with luxury living for a select few: the very rich & those privileged through birth. Belle Époque outerwear exemplifies this luxury.
omgthatdress: Jacket Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris Can you IMAGINE being the badass babe roving around Paris at the fin de siècle wearing this amazing jacket (over a probably equally amazing dress?) The mind simply reels.
Evening cape ca. 1891 - Emile Pingat (French, active Pingat's interpretation of Plains Indian motifs on this cape is indicative of his fascination with incorporating other cultures' designs into the contemporary couture vocabulary.