The History of Evening Wear: From Victorian Gowns to Modern Elegance

Elegance in fashion has an enduring appeal that transcends time. From the grandeur of Victorian gowns to the modern sophistication of Ever Pretty’s evening dresses, the evolution of evening fashion is a captivating journey through the ages. Join us as we explore the key areas and influences that have shaped evening wear, celebrating the timelessness of style and the brand’s commitment to modern elegance.


Victorian Era: Opulence and Elegance

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The Victorian era, spanning from the early 19th century to the late 19th century, is often associated with a sense of opulence and refinement. The gowns were known for their elaborate details, intricate embellishments, and voluminous silhouettes. Often featuring high necklines, long sleeves, and corseted bodices accentuating the hourglass figure that was highly praised during this time.

The era was hugely influenced by the British monarchy, particularly Queen Victoria. She wore a white satin wedding gown during her own wedding in 1840, which popularized the white dress tradition that continues to this day. The upper class also had a significant influence on fashion as they were the trendsetters of the era. Their clothing was characterized by extravagant fabrics, intricate detailing, and a conservative approach to modesty, which influenced broader society.

the Victorian era gowns from Ever Pretty

At Ever Pretty, we understand the timeless charm of the Victorian era gowns. Our collection includes a range of dresses that capture the elegance with a modern twist such as the Elegant Round Neck Sequin Dress and the Sequin A-Line Satin Dress. You can further explore dresses that feature high necklines, long sleeves, and corset style bodices. Our designers incorporate lace, embroidery, and luxurious fabrics to create Victorian style dresses to pay homage to the era’s grandeur while offering a modern and comfortable fit.


The Roaring Twenties: Flapper Dresses and Deco Glamor

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The Roaring Twenties marked a dramatic transition from the restraint of the Victorian era. Fashion underwent a huge transformation which reflected the societal shift towards liberation and modernity. One of the most iconic styles that emerged in the 1920s is the “flapper” style. Features included shorter knee length hemline, straight silhouettes, fringes, sequins, and intricate beading to create dresses that matched the energetic dance moves of this era.

The flapper style was an embodiment of independence during this era with the end   of World War I and the passage of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. The cultural influences of the Jazz Age also played a major role in shaping fashion during this era. A new carefree and hedonistic lifestyle was embraced throughout the flamboyant and daring fashion choices.

Ever Pretty Flapper Dresses

Ever Pretty wants to embrace the spirit of the Roaring Twenties through our own modern interpretation of flapper style dresses. Our Roaring Twenties inspired dresses feature the iconic elements of the era including fringes, sequins, and beading, bringing the glamor of the 1920s to life. This collection includes dresses such as the High Front Slit Bodycon Dress and the Beaded Fringe Off the Shoulder Bodycon Dress to pay tribute to the past but also offer the freedom and trend required for today’s events and celebrations.


Hollywood’s Golden Age: Glamor on the Silver Screen

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The Golden Age of Hollywood was a time of unparalleled influence on fashion. Hollywood and its dazzling movie stars had a profound impact on evening wear and set the standards for glamor and elegance. The stars’ red-carpet appearances and on-screen glamor influenced how people dressed for special occasions. These trends are still admired to this day.

The era was defined by various iconic gowns and fashion moments such as Audrey Hepburn’s timeless little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Marilyn Monroe’s sultry and form fitting gowns. These extravagant creations of costume designers such as Edith Head and Irene Sharaff solidified Hollywood’s place in fashion history. These gowns continue to inspire fashion designers and individuals seeking to capture the essence of old Hollywood glamor.

Hollywood’s Golden Age Dresses from Ever Pretty

Our designers from Ever Pretty draw inspiration from the grace, elegance, and opulence of this era to create dresses such as the Halter Evening Dress, the Asymmetrical One Shoulder Sequin Dress, and the Sequin Off the Shoulder Tulle Dress to channel the spirit of the silver screen. Our dresses feature elements such as intricate detailing, flattering silhouettes and luxurious fabrics that resemble the iconic gowns of the past, bringing you back into the Hollywood’s Golden Age.


Contemporary Evening Wear: Ever Pretty’s Modern Elegance

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Fashion is a constant change, never standing still with ongoing innovation. Established in an age where fashion is more accessible and diverse than ever, Ever Pretty embraces the challenge of providing elegant formal wear that caters to a wide range of individuals.

Ever Pretty takes pride in its commitment to offering both affordable and stylish evening wear. The brand recognizes that achieving a stylish and elegant look should not be hindered by unaffordable prices. Ever Pretty’s dedication to affordability does not compromise on quality or style. The brand’s offerings are a testament to the belief that individuals can be both fashion forward and budget conscious. This commitment allows you to enjoy a level of elegance that goes beyond financial boundaries.

As our journey through the evolution of evening wear from Victorian era to the modern area comes to an end, we wanted to highlight the enduring allure of timeless elegance. Throughout its rich history, Ever Pretty has aimed to commit to providing affordable and stylish evening wear. With Ever Pretty, the grandeur of evening fashion remains accessible, ensuring that the charm of classic elegance is a vibrant part of our lives, perpetuating the legacy of modern elegance.

Whether you are seeking an evening dress that reflects the opulence of the past or the contemporary style of today, Ever Pretty’s extensive collection offers a wide range of choices to suit your unique style and preferences. We encourage you to explore Ever Pretty’s website where you will discover a world of elegant possibilities that will not only make you feel gorgeous but also allow you to create your own fashion history. Visit Ever Pretty today and let your fashion journey begin.

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