Attending an Edwardian evening affair or wedding? This Titanic and Downton Abbey time period is a romantic one filled with stunning vintage evening gowns of lace, beading, chiffon, and silk. You can easily achieve a romantic vintage-inspired look by using a new Edwardian style gown or dress and adding period shoes and accessories to take it back in time. Read the history of dressing for an Edwardian evening or Titanic event for more details and inspiration.
The late Victorian and Edwardian ballgown went from an hourglass ballgown (1890-1910) to a slender column with a flattering empire waist, butterfly sleeves, long side drapes, and touches of the Orient. The later styles are easier to find today, while the earlier Edwardian evening dresses are rare. Most formal dresses had sleeves, but you can buy a sleeveless gown and wrap a lace shawl or evening jacket over it, or layer it under a sheer lace top.