I wish we still wore gloves like these, they are so elegant. I am reading The Crimson Petal and the White at the moment and its full of Victorian gorgeousness like these gloves. They talk of the women wearing cages under their skirts to keep their bodies away from their clothes. It caused their dresses to swish and sway as they walked by. The fabrics also caused the dresses to rustle in a rhythm to their walk. It must have been a most interesting time to have lived.