Party dresses have been around for hundreds of years. But even after all that time, there is no standard, accepted definition of what they are. Party attire can be worn to both casual and formal affairs. The formality of the attire often depends on the time and location where the event is held.
In the beginning, party dresses were strictly formal gowns. They were worn by women of status or privilege to exclusive events. In fact, one of the first party dresses was the mantua, which was a loose-fitting gown that was worn with a petticoat. It became popular with the beau monde in 18th-century France, where it was the only party dress women wore at Court, i.e., in the presence of a monarch.
Party dresses grew ever more expensive and elaborate as time passed. Evening and ball gowns were designed for women of means. Dressmakers used heavy, luxurious fabrics that only the rich could afford. It was not until the 20th century that designers started making dresses for average women. Brautkleid kaufen
As upper class women began to show a bit more skin with plunging necklines and higher hemlines, party dresses fell in price. Because the designs were less elaborate and they required less fabric, these dresses finally became affordable. Simple strapless and sleeves gowns appealed to women of limited means who wanted to look elegant and have fun.
As we mentioned at the outset, there is no standard definition of what a party dress actually is. In fact, it is more confusing than ever. For upper class women living in 18th century France, it was fairly obvious what they would wear to a formal affair. But the modern woman has to consider several factors before she selects her party dress. The most important one, of course, is the event.
Black tie and white tie events are formal social gatherings. Men are expected to wear tuxedos and women dress in evening gowns. Though there is no standard definition, an evening gown is typically a full-length dress that is made from luxurious materials like satin, velvet, silk or chiffon. The hemline of the gown is typically full-length, though tea-length dresses are perfectly acceptable. Unlike the ball gown, which has a skirt, no sleeves, and a strapless bodice, the evening gown may have straps, sleeves or halters. The formal gown is available in every silhouette including A-line, sheath, trumpet, and mermaid