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The Dinner Dress

In keeping with the times, the dinner dress is elaborate beyond all reason. It is comprised of an underdress and an overdress. The underdress is a simple, fitted princess-seam gown. It is made of a coral coloured taffeta and goes down to the ground, trailing off into a square train at the back of the gown. The underdress is sleeveless as the sleeves are part of the overdress.

The Edwardians loved to layer and drape, and this elaborate and elegant overdress is a perfect example of this style of the times. The overdress is made of black chiffon, and when laid out flat, it would probably be a very shapeless garment as the shaping is done by adhering it to the fitted princess seam underdress. The overdress is what gives this gown it's distinction. At the front it is seperated into two hanging sections, secured with a triple figure-eight rhinestone pin at the waist. The larger section is draped into four elaborately adorned panels. Each of these panels is covered in swirls of sequins, rhinestones and embroidery. These decorations are most concentrated at the bottom edge of the panels, and fade out as they go upwards. This heavy ornamentation is seen all over the gown. It is most concentrated along the hems, the neckline, the sleeves, and any edges of the overdress- this decoration aids in the definition of the draping.

The overdress continues around, creating an elaborately ordained train ontop of the one from the underdress. The overdress wraps around the back of the dress and is secured under the arm at the waist, where the effect is a waterfall of sequined ripples of fabric that hang to the floor. This is most likely where the dress opened and closed as the fasteners could be disguised by the draping fabric.

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