Evening clothing styles have changed dramatically throughout history. The styles ranged from huge sleeves in the 1930s, to shoulder and wide sleeves in the 1840s, to a very low neck in the 1850s, to a low cut and short sleeves in the 1860s. Long sleeves and very short sleeves in the 1970s, sleeveless, low collar and bandage with opera gloves in the 1880s, up to square checkpoints, wasp waist cutting and long train skirts in the years The nineties. The 19th century distinguished between collar dinner gowns for dinner and formal dinners, dance gowns and theater events, and prom dresses for the most formal affairs including balls and opera.
Today’s evening clothes come in different styles and lengths, but the ball gown with the full skirt remains the pinnacle of formality.
Today, evening gowns are worn in various black-tie formal (and sometimes white-tie) functions, including formal dinners, opera and theater premieres, official dances, evening weddings and charity evenings.