Why do Beautiful Dresses make us feel like a Princess?
As I watched the 2020 Oscars I was excited to see what everyone would be wearing. This is an evening when dressing-up is key because you stand out from the crowd when something striking walks down the Hollywood red carpet.
Fashion and Jewellery Houses prepare over a year in advance, deciding who they would like to represent their brand at this high profile event.
This year at the Oscars there were many beautiful dresses but these were my 5 favourite dresses.
- Laura Dern – wearing Armani – Soft pink and black are timeless colours and this black beaded bodice is adorned with sequins and tassels which makes it totally fun to wear. The A-line satin pink skirt is regal and flattering.
- Geena Davis – wearing Romona Keveza – The gorgeous black strapless sequined halter top dress with its plunging v-neckline is skirted in layers of black Italian lace with pockets which of course every woman simply loves. This is a Classic LOOK.
- Sarah Oh – wearing Elie Saab – WOW what a show stopper. This blush coloured plunging v-neckline long sleeve silver beaded dress with chiffon rosette sleeves and adorned with rosettes on the skirt all packed up with a blush coloured velvet bow on the waist. Dynamite
- Regina King – wearing Versace this lovely soft pink dress is perfect for her skin tone and the one-shoulder detail with the silver and glass beading across the bodice and on the top of the skirt is stunning – now complement that with the half-circle skirts flanking each side of the slender dress make this one a total winner.
- Charlize Theron – wearing Dior – this one-shoulder black silk crepe dress with the high front slit and the train detail is very sexy.
But let’s back-up here and understand that ‘Balls’ have existed for centuries among royalty and the social elite, dating back to the Middle Ages. During the 1800s, the BALL served as a means to bring together people of similar social backgrounds, often for purposes of introducing young women and men of marriageable age. Coming-Out Balls, Debutante Balls or Cotillion Balls became standard events by the mid-1800s, and have continued in some form or another into the 21st century like the high school prom to the modern-day weddings.
Ball Gowns are the most splendid of evening dresses and represent the romantic dreams of a young woman. Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast are recognizable fairy tales that instil in children the magnificence and fantasy of the Ball, complete with the appropriate full-skirted Ball Gown and a handsome prince. Fashion Designers of contemporary Ball Gown design continue to emphasize feminine curves while at the same time drawing from the nostalgic styles of expansive and lavishly decorated skirts that are still in vogue to this day.
Charles Frederick Worth was an English Fashion Designer who founded the ‘House of Worth’ in the 19th century and is considered to be the father of Haute Couture. His Fashion Atelier attracted European royalty like his most prestigious client Empress Eugenie. During the middle of the 19th century, there was an era of opulence, which flourished the ‘cult’ of luxury and splendour of Ball Gowns that had never been seen before. The famous and legendary beauty of the century was Sissi, Elisabeth of Bavaria who was Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary from 1837 – 1898. She started this fashion movement amongst her tribe where women in society would dress up in these outstanding dresses dripping in Jewell’s, ribbon and lace. In 1865 Elisabeth ordered 27-star diamonds and pearls from Vienna and wore them in her hair. This portrait is now immortalized by the famous German painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter.
A Ball Gowns function is to dazzle the viewer and augment a women’s femininity. Ball Gowns typically incorporate a low décolletage, a constricted bodice, bared arms and long bouffant skirts. Ball Gowns are visually distinguishable from other evening gowns by their lavishly designed surfaces with layers of swags and puffs and detailed trims such as artificial flowers, ribbons, rosettes and lots of lace.
Because of all the labour and work and fabric that is required of such dresses, these pieces are quite expressive.
In fact DYK that the iconic Little Black Dress worn by the lovely Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s was designed by Givenchy and recently sold at Christie’s in New York for $900,000 USD.
As a woman, I don’t think that the excitement and thrill of getting all dressed up to attend a special event really ever dies.
So I hope that you found this helpful and let me know what is your type of Ball Gown style?
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