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Ball Gown Collection

"Captivating Elegance: A Journey through the Timeless Ball Gown" Step into the enchanting world of ball gowns, where glamour and sophistication reign supreme

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)

Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)
Dorothy Gish in Madame Pompadour (1927)

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Hush!, (The Concert), c1875. Artist: James Tissot

Hush!, (The Concert), c1875. Artist: James Tissot
Hush!, (The Concert), c1875. From the Manchester Art Gallery collection

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Ball costume, 1762 (coloured engraving)

Ball costume, 1762 (coloured engraving)
977750 Ball costume, 1762 (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ball costume, 1762)

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens, (1842), 1903

Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens, (1842), 1903
Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens (a correct view of the place), 1842. The Misers Daughter: 12/20, Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda in Ranelagh Gardens

Background imageBall Gown Collection: GIBSON: BALLROOM, c1904. The Jury Disagrees. Pen and ink drawing by Charles Dana Gibson

GIBSON: BALLROOM, c1904. The Jury Disagrees. Pen and ink drawing by Charles Dana Gibson, c1904

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Michael Crawford Actor meets The Queen - December 1972 At the Premiere of

Michael Crawford Actor meets The Queen - December 1972 At the Premiere of Alices Adventures in Wonderland Dbase MSI

Background imageBall Gown Collection: The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth:..ball [for] the officers of the French fleet

The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth:..ball [for] the officers of the French fleet, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: ball given by the town of Portsmouth for the officers of the French fleet, 1865

Background imageBall Gown Collection: The International Naval Festival at Cherbourg: the ball at the Hotel de Ville, 1865

The International Naval Festival at Cherbourg: the ball at the Hotel de Ville, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The International Naval Festival at Cherbourg: the ball at the Hotel de Ville - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865....the festivities were brought to a close by a ball at the Hotel de Ville

Background imageBall Gown Collection: The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth:… the illuminated fountain at the ball... 1865

The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth:… the illuminated fountain at the ball... 1865. Creator: Unknown
The International Naval Festival at Portsmouth: the Illuminated Fountain at the ball given by the Mayor, 1865. The decorations, which had been intrusted to Mr

Background imageBall Gown Collection: The Duchess of Sutherland's assembly at Stafford House in honour of Garibaldi, 1864

The Duchess of Sutherland's assembly at Stafford House in honour of Garibaldi, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Duchess of Sutherland's assembly at Stafford House in honour of Garibaldi, 1864. Scene depicting an episode during...the General's sojourn in this metropolis [ie London

Background imageBall Gown Collection: In the Piazza San Marco, (gouache, chalk and pen and brown ink)

In the Piazza San Marco, (gouache, chalk and pen and brown ink)
827280 In the Piazza San Marco, (gouache, chalk and pen and brown ink) by Dulac, Edmund (1882-1953); 30.5x24.2 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: In the Piazza San Marco. Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Woman in a ball gown, with chapeau topped with a pouf decorated with ribbons and laurel leaves

Woman in a ball gown, with chapeau topped with a pouf decorated with ribbons and laurel leaves, fichu
FLO4671829 Woman in a ball gown, with chapeau topped with a pouf decorated with ribbons and laurel leaves, fichu, corset in English taffeta, and blue taffeta petticoat

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Paris fashions for February, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Paris fashions for February, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Paris fashions for February, 1864. Fig. 1. Walking Dress. Dark brown silk robe, trimmed round the bottom of the skirt with a wide band of black velvet

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Peter Bowles Actor with Josephine Burge - July 1985

Peter Bowles Actor with Josephine Burge - July 1985

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Charles Bronson Actor with his wife Jill Ireland at Actors Fund Benefit September

Charles Bronson Actor with his wife Jill Ireland at Actors Fund Benefit September 1987 Dbase MSI

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Jane Seymour at the Film Premiere of Octpussy June 1983 MSI

Jane Seymour at the Film Premiere of Octpussy June 1983 MSI

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1812. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1812. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1812

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1814. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1814. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1814

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1813. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1813. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1813

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1827. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1827. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1827

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1827. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1827. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1827

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashions for October, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Fashions for October, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Fashions for October, 1858. 1. Dress in the new style called a six lis. It has a double skirt - the upper one consisting of six breadths of silk of two different kinds...The corsage is three-quarter

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashions for August - Promenade or Carriage Costume, and Ball Dress, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Fashions for August - Promenade or Carriage Costume, and Ball Dress, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Fashions for August - Promenade or Carriage Costume, and Ball Dress, 1858. Dress of very rich Azof-green silk, with two skirts

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball or Evening Full Dress), 1822. Creator: Unknown

Fashion Plate (Ball or Evening Full Dress), 1822. Creator: Unknown
Fashion Plate (Ball or Evening Full Dress), 1822

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Fancy Ball Dress), 1820. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Fancy Ball Dress), 1820. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Fancy Ball Dress), 1820. Not from Ackermann's Repository of Arts: instead from La Belle Assemblee, in which the plates were dated one month ahead, so this one reads August 1820

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1817. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1817. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1817

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1816. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1816

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Evening Dress), 1827. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Evening Dress), 1827. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Evening Dress), 1827

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Evening Dress), 1829. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Evening Dress), 1829. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Evening Dress), 1829

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1825. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1825. Creator: Rudolph Ackermann
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1825

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (An Evening Ball Dress - A Parisian Winter Dress), 1807. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (An Evening Ball Dress - A Parisian Winter Dress), 1807. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (An Evening Ball Dress - A Parisian Winter Dress), 1807

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress - Walking Dress), 1808. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress - Walking Dress), 1808. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress - Walking Dress), 1808

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1822. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1822. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1822

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1821. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1821. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1821

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (French Ball Dress), 1820. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (French Ball Dress), 1820. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (French Ball Dress), 1820

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Danish Fancy Dress Worn at the Prince Regents Fête), 1819. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Danish Fancy Dress Worn at the Prince Regents Fête), 1819. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Danish Fancy Dress Worn at the Prince Regents Fete), 1819

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1819. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1819. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1819

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Baronial Helmet & Arundel Fete Dress), 1815. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Baronial Helmet & Arundel Fete Dress), 1815. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Baronial Helmet & Arundel Fete Dress), 1815

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1812. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1812. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1812

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1817. Creator: Unknown

Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1817. Creator: Unknown
Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1817

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Portrait of a Lady, c1830. Creator: Thomas Sully

Portrait of a Lady, c1830. Creator: Thomas Sully
Portrait of a Lady, c1830

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Paris Ball Dress), 1833. Creator: Unknown

Fashion Plate (Paris Ball Dress), 1833. Creator: Unknown
Fashion Plate (Paris Ball Dress), 1833. Probably from The Ladies Pocket Magazine

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Paris Fashions for the New Year, 1860. Creator: Unknown

Paris Fashions for the New Year, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Paris Fashions for the New Year, 1860. 1. Morning Toilet. Double-skirted taffety dress; the under skirt is plain, and the upper one largely rounded off at the lower corners

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (La Belle Assemblée), 1822. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (La Belle Assemblée), 1822. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (La Belle Assemblee), 1822

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1821. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1821. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Ball Dress), 1821

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1820. Creator: John Bell

Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1820. Creator: John Bell
Fashion Plate (Parisian Ball Dress), 1820

Background imageBall Gown Collection: Fashions for December, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Fashions for December, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Fashions for December, 1858. Dress of green droguet, spotted with black velvet. The dress has two skirts and both have side trimmings, formed of rows of black velvet...The corsage



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"Captivating Elegance: A Journey through the Timeless Ball Gown" Step into the enchanting world of ball gowns, where glamour and sophistication reign supreme. From Dorothy Gish's mesmerizing portrayal in Herbert Wilcox's Madame Pompadour (1927) to a vibrant ball costume from 1762 captured in a beautifully colored engraving, these exquisite garments have always been synonymous with grandeur. In James Tissot's masterpiece "Hush. (The Concert), c1875, " we witness the allure of a ball gown as it gracefully drapes over its wearer, exuding grace and poise. Charles Dana Gibson's pen and ink drawing "GIBSON: BALLROOM, c1904. The Jury Disagrees" captures the vivacity of a lively dance floor adorned with elegant ladies twirling in their resplendent gowns. Transport yourself back to 1903 at Ranelagh Gardens, where Randulph and Hilda waltz under the magnificent Rotunda, their attire reflecting the opulence of that era. In "Homage to Harlow, " an oil on linen painting pays tribute to Jean Harlow's iconic style as she dons a breathtaking ball gown that epitomizes Hollywood glamour. Even royalty succumbs to the allure of these majestic creations; Michael Crawford meets The Queen at the premiere of an unforgettable event in December 1972. Fast forward to July 1985 when Peter Bowles graces an occasion alongside Josephine Burge, both radiating elegance in their meticulously crafted ensembles. The Fete given at Tuileries in 1867 is immortalized through an intricate engraving from 1898, showcasing women adorned in elaborate ball gowns that capture attention wherever they go. An unknown creator brings us closer to nineteenth-century fashion with their depiction of Ball Dress & Evening Dress - timeless designs that continue to inspire today. Celebrities, too, have been captivated by the allure of ball gowns.