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A gown or evening gown is a woman's evening wear, corresponding to men's formal wear for white tie and black tie events. Gowns are worn for formal evening weddings, by members of the wedding party, for diplomatic events such as state dinners, and other formal events including debutante balls, proms, charity balls, and many awards ceremonies.
What it is
When it is worn
White tie occasions
For events where a man wears white tie, the lady traditionally wears a ball gown.
A debutante wears a white ballgown for her debut.
To accompany a gentleman wearing a formal kilt, a lady wears a white gown with a tartan sash. A less formal variant is a longer kilted skirt, with jacket. The sash or kilted skirt may be the tartan of the woman's own clan (if she is entitled to wear one), of her husband's clan, or any of the district tartans approved for general wear.
Alternatives to the gown
A ball skirt is a fashion introduced in the 1990s, consisting of a full, long skirt, to be worn with a cashmere sweater, lace camisole, or other top.
Other types of gown
Learn the difference between a gown & dress.