This full length portrait of a young woman is full of clothing details, from her small hat down to her shoes.
Here they appear as ornamentation to highlight the placket leading from the collar as well as the center seam of the dress.
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Photographers would coat a thin sheet of paper with egg white which would hold light-sensitive silver salt on the surface of the paper, preventing image fading.
Once it was dry, albumen prints were used just like salted-paper prints and the image would form by the darkening properties of the sun on the chemicals.