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A ball gown is the most formal female attire for social occasions (such as white tie). It is traditionally a full-skirted gown reaching the floor, made of luxurious fabric, delicately and exotically trimmed. Most versions are cut off the shoulder with décolleté necklines. Such gowns are typically worn with a stole (a formal shawl in expensive fabric), cape or cloak in lieu of a coat, “good” (couture or vintage) jewelry and opera-length gloves. Standard accessories are dancing shoes and a clutch style evening bag. Where “state decorations” are to be worn, they are on a bow pinned to the chest, and married women wear a tiara if they have one. The ball gown shape has changed little since the mid-19th century. Although artificial fabrics are now sometimes used, the most common fabrics are satin, silk, taffeta and velvet with trimmings of lace, pearls, sequins, embroidery, ruffles and ruching.

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E1259

$298.00

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E1619

$258.00

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E1715

$258.00

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E1774

$258.00

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E1811

$258.00

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E1917

$298.00

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E1949

$298.00

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E1967

$159.00

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E1974

$258.00

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E2057

$298.00

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E2092

$298.00

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E2097

$298.00

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