|The Victoria & Albert Museum|
The gown is constructed of silk which is brocaded in a pattern of flowers with colored and silver thread. The gown and petticoat take a dramatic silhouette like the plumes of a great bird-- trimmed with silver bobbin lace, and flowers made of ruched ribbons and beads, silk tassels and theatrical feathers.
Clearly, such an elaborate ensemble would have been the stuff of evening dress, dancing, or attending the opera or theatre. This peacock-like dress is said to have been worn by one Mrs. Craster who had, previously acted as a maid of honor to Queen Caroline (1683–1737), consort of George II.