A dress (also frock, gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice or with a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment. A skirt is a tube- or cone-shaped Garment that hangs from the Waist and covers all or part of the Legs In European culture, skirts are usually A bodice is an article of Clothing for women covering the body from the neck to the waist
In Western culture, dresses are usually considered women's clothing. Western culture (sometimes equated with Western Civilization) are terms which are used to refer to Cultures of European origin The hemline dresses can be as high as the upper thigh or as low as the ground, depending on the whims of fashion and the modesty or personal taste of the wearer. The hemline of a garment is its lower edge The term most often refers to the lower edge of a Skirt or Dress. In humans the thigh is the area between the Pelvis and the Knee. Fashion refers to styles of dress (but can also include cuisine literature art architecture and general comportment that are popular in a culture at any given time Standards of modesty (also called demureness or reticence) are aspects of the Culture of a Country or people at a given point in time
Dresses increased dramatically to the hoopskirt and crinoline-supported styles of the 1860s; then fullness was draped and drawn to the back by any dresses had a "day" bodice with a high neckline and long sleeves, and an "evening" bodice with a low neckline (decollete) and very short sleeves. A hoop skirt or hoopskirt is a women's Undergarment worn in various periods to hold the Skirt extended into a fashionable shape Crinoline was originally a stiff fabric with a Weft of Horse-hair and a warp of Cotton or Linen thread. Events and trends Technology The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA was completed in 1869 The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck Cleavage is the cleft created by the partial exposure of a woman's Breasts, especially when exposed by low-cut clothing
Throughout this period, the length of fashionable dresses varied only slightly, between ankle-length and floor-sweeping.
- See also History of Western fashion: 1795-1820, 1820s, 1830s, 1840s,1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
- Victorian fashion, Artistic Dress movement, Victorian dress reform. The history of Western fashion is the story of the changing Fashions in Clothing for men and women in Western Europe and other countries under Fashion in the period 1795-1820 in European and European-influenced countries saw the final triumph of undress or informal styles over the brocades lace periwigs and powder During the 1820s in European and European-influenced countries fashionable women's clothing styles transitioned away from the classically-influenced "Empire"/"Regency" 1830s fashion in European and European-influenced Clothing is characterized by an emphasis on breadth, initially at the shoulder and later in the hips in contrast 1840s fashion in European and European-influenced Clothing is characterized by a narrow natural shoulder line following the exaggerated puffed sleeves of the later 1820s 1850s fashion in European and European-influenced Clothing is characterized by an increase in the width of women's Skirts supported by Crinolines or 1860s fashion in European and European-influenced Clothing is characterized by extremely full-skirted women's fashions relying on Crinolines and hoops and 1870s fashion in European and European-influenced Clothing is characterized by a gradual return to a narrow silhouette after the full-skirted fashions of the 1850s Fashion in the 1880s in European and European-influenced countries is characterized by the return of the Bustle. Fashion in the 1890s in European and European-influenced countries is characterized by long elegant lines tall collars and the rise of Sportswear. The term " Victorian Fashion " refers to Fashion in Clothing in the Victorian era, or the reign of Queen Victoria (1837&ndash1901 The Artistic Dress movement and its successor Aesthetic Dress, were Fashion trends in nineteenth century Clothing. During the middle and late '''Victorian''' period, various reformers proposed designed and wore clothing supposedly more rational and comfortable than the fashions of the time
Depending on design dresses are classified. Different basic dress shapes are:
- Shirtwaist, a dress with a bodice (waist) like a tailored shirt and an attached straight or full skirt
- Sheath, a fitted, often sleeveless dress, often without a waistseam (1960s)
- Shift, a straight dress with no waist shaping or seam (1960s)
- Jumper dress (American English) or Pinafore dress (British English) is a sleeveless dress intended to be worn over a layering top or blouse. For other meanings of Waist see Waist (disambiguation Waist is a common term for the Bodice of a dress A tailor is a person whose occupation is to sew and scissor menswear style jackets and the skirts or trousers that go with them A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body Originally an item of underwear worn exclusively by men it has become in American English a catch-all term for In Fashion, a Sheath Dress is a type of Dress designed to tightly fit the body Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (born September 30, 1964 or 1968 is an Italian Actress, and Fashion model. In Fashion, a Sheath Dress is a type of Dress designed to tightly fit the body The term chemise can refer to the classic smock or shift, or else can refer to certain modern types of women's undergarments and dresses A jumper dress (or jumper in American English; pinafore dress, pinafore in British English) is a sleeveless collarless dress Jumper dresses exist for both summer and winter wear.
- Sundress is an informal sleeveless dress of any shape in a lightweight fabric, for summer wear. A sundress is an informal sleeveless dress of any shape in a lightweight Fabric, for Summer wear
- Tent, a dress flared from above the bust, sometimes with a yoke (1960s, renewed popularity after 2005)
Fads and fashions
- Chanel's little black dress (1920s and on)
- Tea gown, a frothy, feminine semiformal dress
- Dinner dress, a semiformal dress worn when fashionable people "dressed for dinner" (men in tuxedos or dinner jackets, even at home)
- Coronation gown, formal wear for coronations
- Evening gown or formal, a long dress for formal occasions
- Ball gown, a long dress with a full, sweeping, or trained skirt for dancing
- Kitty Foyle, a dark-colored dress with contrasting (usually white) collar and cuffs (1940s, after a dress worn by Ginger Rogers in the movie of the same name)
- Cocktail dress, a semiformal party dress of the current street length (1950s and sporadically popular since)
- Granny gown, an ankle-length, often ruffled, day dress of printed calico, cut like a Victorian nightgown, popularized by designer Laura Ashley (late 1960s-1970s)
A typical pre-prom
gathering, with girls in dresses, and boys in tuxedos. Tent dress is a Dress that hangs lose from shoulder to below the hips and does not have a waistline. A little black dress is an evening or Cocktail dress, cut simply and often with a short skirt originally made popular in the 1920s by the fashion designer Coco A tea gown or tea-gown is a woman's at-home Dress of the late 19th to mid-20th centuries characterized by unstructured lines light fabrics and frothy or feminine Mess dress is the Military term for the formal Evening dress worn in the Mess or at other formal occasions An evening gown is a long flowing lady's Dress usually worn to a formal affair A ball gown is the most formal female attire for social occasions A Kitty Foyle is a dress style of the 1940s characterized by a dark fabric and contrasting (usually white collar and Cuffs it is named after a dress worn A cocktail dress or cocktail gown is a Woman 's Dress worn at cocktail parties, and semi-formal occasions A nightgown (also called a nightdress) is a loosely hanging item of Nightwear nowadays mostly for women. Laura Ashley CBE, ( 7 September 1925 – 17 September 1985) was a Welsh designer A tunic is any of several types of Clothing for the body with or without Sleeves and of various lengths reaching from the hips to the ankles
In Europe and America, dresses are worn by females of all ages as an alternative to a separate skirt and blouse or trousers. Trousers are an item of Clothing worn on the lower part of the body from the waist to the ankles covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth stretching across Dresses are often used by young girls and as more formal attire by adult women. Outside the U. S. , higher-status women (judges, cabinet ministers, physicians, corporate executives et al. ) generally avoid wearing trousers in public. Conversely, women at the lowest socio-economic levels sometimes do not own dresses.
Potential drawbacks of dresses include being either too long or cumbersome for the performance of some physical activities such as climbing stairs or ladders. Their use can run contrary to the individual or wider public sense of modesty and decency, especially given their potential to intentionally or accidentally expose the wearer's underwear. Standards of modesty (also called demureness or reticence) are aspects of the Culture of a Country or people at a given point in time Undergarments are clothes worn under other clothes often next to the skin In addition, some dress styles, particularly those with back closures, can be difficult or even impossible to don or remove without assistance. A back closure is a Fastener (such as a Zipper or Button (s on the rear of a Garment, most commonly one made for Females They were
Dresses however can be cooler and less confining than many trouser styles, and they are still very popular for special occasions such as proms or weddings. A wedding is the Ceremony in which two people are united in Marriage.
Dresses are, like other outer clothing, usually worn with underwear. Undergarments are clothes worn under other clothes often next to the skin A wearer of a dress is likely to wear a form of panties as innerwear, though depending on the occasion, type of material, and type of skirt for modesty one may wear a slip over the panties.
One may usually wear a bra, but for modesty wearing a camisole / vest or full slip is also an option for the top. A camisole or cami is a Woman 's Undergarment which covers the top part of the body Dresses are sometimes worn with tights. Tights are a type of fabric leg covering usually extending from the waist to feet and fitting as tightly as possible to the body (from which the name derives
- ^ Womens Dresses - Designer Dresses and Skirts for Women
- ^ TIME 25 Top Ten 2006
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Brockmamn, Helen L. The word blouse most commonly refers to a woman's Shirt, although the term is also used for some men's military uniform jackets A bustle is a type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman's dress occurring predominantly between the mid- to late 1800s Clothing (also called clothes, accoutrements, accouterments, or habiliments) protects the Human body from extreme Weather Clothing terminology comprises the names of individual Garments and classes of garments as well as the specialized vocabularies ofthe trades that have designed Crinoline was originally a stiff fabric with a Weft of Horse-hair and a warp of Cotton or Linen thread. A gown ( Medieval Latin gunna) is a (usually loose outer Garment from knee- to full-length worn by men and women in Europe from A skirt is a tube- or cone-shaped Garment that hangs from the Waist and covers all or part of the Legs In European culture, skirts are usually The cheongsam is a body-hugging (modified in Shanghai) one-piece Chinese Dress for women A sarong or sarung (ˈsaɾoŋ in Malay, and səˈrɒŋ in English) is a large sheet of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn as A tunic is any of several types of Clothing for the body with or without Sleeves and of various lengths reaching from the hips to the ankles The Oxford English Dictionary ( OED) published by the Oxford University Press (OUP is a comprehensive Dictionary of the English : The Theory of Fashion Design, Wiley, 1965.
- Picken, Mary Brooks: The Fashion Dictionary, Funk and Wagnalls, 1957. (1973 edition ISBN 0-308-10052-2)
- Tozer, Jane, and Sarah Levitt: Fabric of Society: A Century of People and Their Clothes 1770-1870, Laura Ashley Ltd. , 1983; ISBN 0-9508913-0-4
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