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Evening Dress Collection

"An Evening of Elegance: From George and Mildred to Madame X

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: The latecomers, c1914. Creator: Albert Guillaume

The latecomers, c1914. Creator: Albert Guillaume
The latecomers, c1914

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Ingrid Bergman filming in Covent Garden London with Cary Grant December 1957

Ingrid Bergman filming in Covent Garden London with Cary Grant December 1957

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: TV Programmes George and Mildred. George (Brian Murph) and Mildred (Yootha Joyce

TV Programmes George and Mildred. George (Brian Murph) and Mildred (Yootha Joyce) arrived dressed in evening wear ready for their night out. March 1980 P012738

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Peggy Lee, London, 1961. Creator: Brian Foskett

Peggy Lee, London, 1961. Creator: Brian Foskett
Peggy Lee, London, 1961

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Peggy Lee, c1961. Creator: Brian Foskett

Peggy Lee, c1961. Creator: Brian Foskett
Peggy Lee, c1961

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883-84, (oil on canvas)

Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883-84, (oil on canvas)
1127610 Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883-84, (oil on canvas) by Sargent, John Singer (1856-1925); 207x110 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: The Masked Ball (colour photo)

The Masked Ball (colour photo)
3091199 The Masked Ball (colour photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Masked Ball. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Young girl in a ball gown, 1879 (oil on canvas)

Young girl in a ball gown, 1879 (oil on canvas)
XIR140256 Young girl in a ball gown, 1879 (oil on canvas) by Morisot, Berthe (1841-95); 71x54 cm; Musee d Orsay, Paris, France; (add.info.: Jeune femme en toilette de bal; ); French, out of copyright

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: The Old Old Story (colour litho)

The Old Old Story (colour litho)
8634548 The Old Old Story (colour litho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Old Old Story)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland, 1904. Creator: John Singer Sargent

Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland, 1904. Creator: John Singer Sargent
Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland, 1904.

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: A Box At The Theater (At The Concert), 1880. Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

A Box At The Theater (At The Concert), 1880. Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
A Box At The Theater (At The Concert), 1880.

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Recital, c1884. Creator: Giovanni Boldini

Recital, c1884. Creator: Giovanni Boldini
Recital, c1884. A woman leans over a piano, her posture suggesting that she is either a performer or eagerly observing a performance

Background imageEvening Dress 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 imageEvening Dress 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

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: soiree in the Townhall, the Refreshment-Room

Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: soiree in the Townhall, the Refreshment-Room, 1865 Creator: Unknown
Meeting of the British Association at Birmingham: soiree in the Townhall, the Refreshment-Room, 1865. We present [a] view of the interior of the Refreshment-Room

Background imageEvening Dress 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 imageEvening Dress Collection: The Shakspeare Commemoration: banquet in the pavilion, Stratford-on-Avon...Earl of Carlisle

The Shakspeare Commemoration: banquet in the pavilion, Stratford-on-Avon...Earl of Carlisle..., 1864 Creator: Unknown
The Shakspeare Commemoration: banquet in the pavilion at Stratford-on-Avon...the Earl of Carlisle proposing "The Memory of Shakespeare", 1864

Background imageEvening Dress 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 imageEvening Dress Collection: Paris fashions for May, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Paris fashions for May, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Paris fashions for May, 1864. 'Fig. 1. Dress for a Wedding Party. Mazarine blue moire antique robe, ornamented (above the deep lace flounce adorning the skirt) with three black velvet lozenges

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Nice Carnival, the traditional 'Battle of Flowers', Chromolithography, France 1901

Nice Carnival, the traditional "Battle of Flowers", Chromolithography, France 1901
FGL5495325 Nice Carnival, the traditional "Battle of Flowers", Chromolithography, France 1901.; Fototeca Gilardi

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Man in a Fur Coat

Man in a Fur Coat
CW32533 Man in a Fur Coat by Moser, Robert Oswald (1874-1953); Private Collection; (add.info.: by Robert Oswald Moser); © Christopher Wood Gallery, London, UK

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Title page from the first edition of Mrs. Perkins's Ball, 1847 (print)

Title page from the first edition of Mrs. Perkins's Ball, 1847 (print)
865911 Title page from the first edition of Mrs. Perkins's Ball, 1847 (print); (add.info.: Title page of first edition of 'Mr Perkins's Ball')

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: The Paris Fashion for December, 1860 (engraving)

The Paris Fashion for December, 1860 (engraving)
1579532 The Paris Fashion for December, 1860 (engraving); (add.info.: Engraving depicting the Paris Fashion for December. Left to right: Visiting Dress, Walking Dress, Evening Dress)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)

COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)
3548479 COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: 1934.7 COSTUME dress: evening dress circa 1862 silk)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)

COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)
3548478 COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: 1934.7 COSTUME dress: evening dress circa 1862 silk)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Humorous cat postcard (colour litho)

Humorous cat postcard (colour litho)
8643333 Humorous cat postcard (colour litho) by Thiele, Carl Robert Arthur (1860-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: Humorous cat postcard)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Souvenir of an 'International Ball' (Portrait of Miss Kathleen Bruce), 1907 (oil on canvas)

Souvenir of an "International Ball" (Portrait of Miss Kathleen Bruce), 1907 (oil on canvas)
XOS5879470 Souvenir of an "International Ball" (Portrait of Miss Kathleen Bruce), 1907 (oil on canvas) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood (1863-1937); 116.8x87.2 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Rooftop Cafe, 1925 (pastel on blue paper laid down on board)

Rooftop Cafe, 1925 (pastel on blue paper laid down on board)
985265 Rooftop Cafe, 1925 (pastel on blue paper laid down on board) by Shinn, Everett (1876-1953); 28.5x38.8 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Rooftop Cafe. Everett Shinn (1876-1953)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)

COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)
3548481 COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: 1934.7 COSTUME dress: evening dress circa 1862 silk)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)

COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)
3548480 COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: 1934.7 COSTUME dress: evening dress circa 1862 silk)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Paris Fashion for November, 1860 (engraving)

Paris Fashion for November, 1860 (engraving)
1579574 Paris Fashion for November, 1860 (engraving); (add.info.: Engraving depicting the Paris Fashion for November. Left to right: Visiting Dress, Walking Dress, Evening Dress)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: A 'Grand Night' toast at Gray's Inn, London, England. The Benchers table

A "Grand Night" toast at Gray's Inn, London, England. The Benchers table
3039839 A "Grand Night" toast at Gray's Inn, London, England. The Benchers table, said to have been a gift from Elizabeth I

Background imageEvening Dress 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 imageEvening Dress Collection: Psyche, from Gazette du Bon Ton (print)

Psyche, from Gazette du Bon Ton (print)
5323172 Psyche, from Gazette du Bon Ton (print) by Barbier, Georges (1882-1932) (after); (add.info.: Psyche. Psyche. Robe du Soir de Worth. Evening dress by Worth)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Fumee, from Gazette du Bon Ton (print)

Fumee, from Gazette du Bon Ton (print)
5323170 Fumee, from Gazette du Bon Ton (print) by Barbier, Georges (1882-1932) (after); (add.info.: Fumee. Smoke. Robe du Soir, De Beer. Evening dress by Gustav Beer)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: The Paris Fashion for the New Year, 1860 (engraving)

The Paris Fashion for the New Year, 1860 (engraving)
1579497 The Paris Fashion for the New Year, 1860 (engraving); (add.info.: Engraving depicting the Paris Fashion for the New Year. Left to right: Visiting Dress, Walking Dress, Evening Dress)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Evening Dress by JC Worth, 1925 (coloured photo)

Evening Dress by JC Worth, 1925 (coloured photo)
1791606 Evening Dress by JC Worth, 1925 (coloured photo); (add.info.: evening dress by JC Worth. Picture by Duboutin in 1925); Photo © CCI

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Couple waiting for a dog to finish its business, c.1921 (colour litho)

Couple waiting for a dog to finish its business, c.1921 (colour litho)
CHT327038 Couple waiting for a dog to finish its business, c.1921 (colour litho) by Sem (Georges Goursat) (1863-1934); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Page from Gamage's General Catalogue (96th edition), c.1927 (litho)

Page from Gamage's General Catalogue (96th edition), c.1927 (litho)
8669739 Page from Gamage's General Catalogue (96th edition), c.1927 (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)

COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton)
3548482 COSTUME: dress: evening dress, c. 1862 (silk, cotton); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: 1934.7 COSTUME dress: evening dress circa 1862 silk)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Page of London-related advertisements, 1928 (litho)

Page of London-related advertisements, 1928 (litho)
8629735 Page of London-related advertisements, 1928 (litho) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Page of London-related advertisements, 1928)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Humorous cat postcard (colour litho)

Humorous cat postcard (colour litho)
8643331 Humorous cat postcard (colour litho) by Thiele, Carl Robert Arthur (1860-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: Humorous cat postcard)

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Paris evening dress from 1830 (print)

Paris evening dress from 1830 (print)
3779516 Paris evening dress from 1830 (print) by French School, (19th century); (add.info.: Paris evening dress from 1830 - fashionable coat. From Ladies Pocket Magazine March 1830.); Lebrecht History

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Sweden:..ball given by the Dowager of Sweden... 1864

Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Sweden:..ball given by the Dowager of Sweden... 1864. Creator: Unknown
Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Sweden: the ball given by the Dowager of Sweden...at Drottningholm, near Stockholm, 1864. The future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in Scandinavia

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Sweden:..at the Theatre Royal, Stockholm... 1864

Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Sweden:..at the Theatre Royal, Stockholm... 1864. Creator: Unknown
Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Sweden:..at the Theatre Royal, Stockholm - from a sketch by our special artist, 1864

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: The Social Science Congress at New York: conversazione in the Assembly Rooms, Blake-street, 1864

The Social Science Congress at New York: conversazione in the Assembly Rooms, Blake-street, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Social Science Congress at New York: conversazione in the Assembly Rooms, Blake-street, 1864. From "Illustrated London News", 1864

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Powder and Puff - drawn by James Godwin, 1862. Creator: Mason Jackson

Powder and Puff - drawn by James Godwin, 1862. Creator: Mason Jackson
Powder and Puff - drawn by James Godwin, 1862. Given, four-and twenty fiddlers all of a row - to say nothing of the "loud bassoon, " and the performers on the clarinet; given

Background imageEvening Dress Collection: Paris fashions for August, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Paris fashions for August, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Paris fashions for August, 1864. Fig. 1. Walking Dress. Robe and paletot of grey foulard, with three rows of dark violet silk and passementerie trimming on the skirt; round the edge of the paletot



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"An Evening of Elegance: From George and Mildred to Madame X, the Evolution of the Evening Dress" Step into a world of glamour and sophistication as we explore the captivating history of evening dresses. Inspired by iconic TV programmes like George and Mildred, where Brian Murph and Yootha Joyce showcased timeless style, these garments have always been synonymous with grace. Travel back in time to 1883-84 when John Singer Sargent immortalized Madame Pierre Gautreau in his mesmerizing oil painting "Madame X. " Her enchanting evening dress exudes confidence and allure, setting the stage for future fashion trends. In 1961, Peggy Lee graced London with her presence in a stunning gown designed by Brian Foskett. The epitome of elegance, she captivated audiences with her velvety voice and impeccable sense of style. Delve further into history as we encounter a young girl adorned in a magnificent ball gown from 1879. This exquisite piece showcases the opulence associated with formal events during that era. Fast forward to 1913 Parisian fashion through Costumes Parisiens' pouchoir prints. Jeanne Lanvin's creations take center stage on plate 46 and plate 49 - each design reflecting her innovative approach while maintaining an air of sophistication. Immerse yourself in late 19th-century France as you witness a young woman donning a posh dress that embodies the essence of luxury. This digital reproduction allows us to appreciate its intricate details even today. Strapless ballgowns made their mark in the early '50s, exemplified by Shirley Markham's creation worn by an unknown woman. The simplicity yet grandeur of this garment is truly breathtaking. Finally, let's not forget Hollywood's influence on evening wear. Richard Burton arrives at The premiere accompanied by his wife Susie Hunt wearing an ensemble that oozes class and refinement – proving that the allure of evening dresses transcends time and place.