This page has photos of actual 19th century garments, which I find useful for inspiration.
Most of these photos were found on eBay and antique garment dealers, like: Maire McLeod Elegant Vintage • Karen Augusta Antique Lace & Fashion • Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery • FiddyBee • Time Travelers • 1860-1890 • Rupert & Toby's Collectables • Carolyn Forbes Textiles & Vintage Fashions • Old Threads Antique Textiles.
Another site with lots of excellent images is Démodé: Extant women's clothing 1750-1919.
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Brown cotton polonaise, c. 1880
Embroidered organza gown, c. 1880
images courtesy of Maire McLeod Elegant Vintage
Brown silk & velvet bustled skirt, c. 1880
Cage bustle, c. 1880
Gold brocade & ivory silk satin reception gown, c. 1880
Tan satin R&G corset with lace trim, c. 1880
White muslin (wedding?) gown, c. 1880
Three-piece hip pad, 1880s
Black silk beaded pelerine, 1880s
Black silk brocade jacket, 1880s
Black velvet and ecru lace reception gown, 1880s
Black wool bat-wing coat with braiding, 1880s
Girls blue dotted print dress, 1880s
Blue silk bustle gown, 1880s
Worth beaded black velvet & lace capelet, 1880s. Gorgeous!
Brown velveteen & copper silk bustle dress, 1880s