An evening dress is the prevailing dress style prescribed by fashion to be worn in the evening.

There are surprisingly complex expectations related to appropriateness of fashionable evening dresses. Regardless of the era, evening dress is intricately connected to fashions of the day, with specific characteristics that distinguishes it from an every day dress.

An evening gown is a special form of evening dress. In general, necklines are low, bodices are tightly fitted, arms are bared, and skirts are extravagantly designed.

Fabric surfaces vary from reflective to matte, textured to smooth, and soft to rigid. Evening gowns may be bouffant or hug the body – always emphasizing every curve.

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Cocktail Dress

During the 1920s, newfound concepts of individuality and a repudiation of the respectable womanhood gave rise to the new phenomenon of the “Drinking Woman” – a lady who dared to enjoy cocktails in mixed company.

This lady emerged at private cocktail soirees and lounges, and the cocktail dress, as a short evening sheath with matching hat, shoes, and gloves was designated for her.

The cocktail affair generally took place between 6 and 8 pm, yet by manipulating one’s accessories, the cocktail ensemble could be converted to appropriate dress for every event from 3 o’clock until late in the evening. The cocktail dress by virtue of its flexibility and functionality, became the uniform for the progressive fashionable elite in the 1920s.

During World War II, the hemline of the cocktail dress rose to just below the knee – but the convenience and accessibility of the fashionable cocktail accessory was sustained.

Parisian milliners produced elegant chapeaus with black silk net veils for the cocktail hour. In New York, Norman Norell attached rhinestone buttons to vodka gray or billiard green day suits to designate them cocktail ensembles. By the mid-1940s, cocktail dresses were made easy by the adaptability of cocktail clothing and the availability of the indispensable cocktail accessory.

Dior was the first to name the early evening frock a “cocktail” dress, and in doing so allowed periodicals, department stores, and rival Parisian and American designers to promote fashion with cocktail-specific terminology.

Vogue Paris included articles while advertisements in Vogue out of New York celebrated “cocktail cotton” textiles. Cocktail sets, martini-printed interiors fabrics, and cocktail advertisements all fostered an obsessively consumer-driven cocktail dress culture in America and, to some extent, abroad.

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