It is elegant, feminine and glamorous, reminiscent of the dresses of princesses depicted in fairy tales. It is basically floor-length and usually has a wide-cut, swinging skirt. A fantasy ball gown is always something special. A hoop skirt worn underneath the dress can further enhance this effect. Sometimes the back skirt is lengthened by a train. To avoid stepping on the skirt while dancing, most dresses have a loop that can be placed around the wrist.
Ball gowns are always made of fine fabrics, such as chiffon, damask, brocade, velvet, silk, taffeta, satin, tulle or lace. They are usually decorated with elaborate details such as embroidery, beads, sequins, rhinestones or imaginative applications. In addition, as they are often tailor made, they are accordingly expensive.
It does not have to be the Vienna Opera Ball, but nevertheless a ball gown is worn only for very exclusive dance events. Unlike evening dresses in general, they are worn only when dancing is the focus.
The first dress of this kind is often used in the balls of dance schools or at the graduation ball. Otherwise, wedding receptions are often a great opportunity to dress in a beautiful ball gown, especially as a maid of honor or close friend and relatives of the bride and groom.
When in the Middle Ages the first ladies began to wear a ball gown on special occasions, this was granted only to noble women. Because the noble fabrics and luxurious details of the hand-made clothes made it even more expensive pleasure than they are today. Apart from that, the citizens and peasant women from the infantry did not have time to attend such events as they were busy with the house, the farm and the children. This fact is also discussed in fairy tales such as Cinderella.
Even in the Middle Ages and the early modern period, This kind of amazing evening dress were already designed for exclusive occasions such as dance balls and weddings. But at the time people had a different, much slower sense of time than today. That is, a ball gown not only lasted a lifetime, but was inherited from mother to daughter and from grandmother to granddaughter for generations. The early dances were not so hilarious and danced quickly as in modern times, but danced gracefully. This was particularly elegant in the wide hoop skirts. The noble treat with simultaneous freedom from dancing has remained the clothes until today.