Vintage 1930s evening dresses, cocktail dresses, and party dresses were long, sleek, and sexy. The design hugged every curve of the body, creating the ultimate feminine silhouette. Many dresses were decorated with small groups of beaded flowers or rhinestones around the neckline. Slip dresses had a light flowing fabric, gathered with a decorative rhinestone brooch at the shoulder.
Similar to the previous decade, 1930s Art Deco evening gowns were inspired by Grecian and Egyptian goddesses with extensive draping on a column silhouette. Sleeveless and often backless, the gowns exposed as much skin as possible without looking too risque. Modesty was still important in Golden Age of Old Hollywood cocktail parties.
More history to come soon. In the meantime here are some photos and illustrations of 1930s evening gowns.