The Ball Gown Design in the Victorian Dresses
The victorian age is striking in the clothing fashion. Some of the most stunning gowns ever created were made during the Victorian era. They used the fine fabrics, such as silk, satin, and muslin. They are indeed beautiful, but there are so many more to see! Attention that was paid to the smallest of details was the hallmark of an expert seamstress or dress-maker; often it took anywhere from 5 months to one year to complete a single evening gown. I love seeing gorgeous ball gowns at reenactments or historical events, but honestly, only wealthy women could afford to have a ball gown in their wardrobes in the old times.
As we see here, the ball gowns were the only dresses in the victorian period that allowed for a deeper neckline and shorter sleeves. White gloves in the wrist-length were a must-have accessory for the ball gowns. Other accessories included decorated hand-held fans, elaborate hairstyles, embroidered hankies, smelling salts, and expensive jewelry. Ball gowns were only worn for balls, soirees, and dinner parties--events normally hosted by the upper-class, so it wasn't likely that the average woman would own such a gown. And for the average women, one of their dreams was to possess one ball gown in their wardrobe. The ball gowns look great, show femininity and reveal the wealth of the family.