A ball gown is the most formal female attire for social occasions. It is traditionally a full-skirted gown reaching the floor, made of luxurious fabric, delicately and exotically trimmed. Most versions are cut off the shoulder with décolleté necklines. Such gowns are typically worn with a stole (a formal shawl in expensive fabric), cape or cloak in lieu of a coat, "good" (couture or vintage) jewellery and opera-length gloves. Standard accessories are dancing shoes and a clutch style evening bag. The ball gown shape has changed little since the mid-19th century. Although artificial fabrics are now sometimes used, the most common fabrics are satin, silk, taffeta and velvet with trimmings of lace, pearls, sequins,embroidery, ruffles and ruching
Jess's Formal Gown Design
Jess's ballgown is an A-Symmetrical full length gown with a one shoulder feature strap. The taffeta is ruched across the bodice into the waistline for a slimming and shapely effect. Her partner Dylan wore the same colour tie to bring their two outfits together.
Tyla's Formal Designs
The royal blue gown features an open back with cross over straps in a sequins detailing, Ruched, cupped bodice and a full circle skirt.
Grecian inspired pure silk collection
From illustration through to completion, Joanne is able to deliver on her designs. Two of the three designs in this mini collection won first place awards at the "Spendlove" Design Awards, Gold Coast, Australia in 2009.