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Anna Belle Civil War Styled Gown
Arabella Silk Victorian Ball Gown
Chantelle Victorian Ball Gown
Desiree Victorian Civil War Ballgown
Dupioni Victorian Ball Gown
Emma Victorian Gown
Eugenie Victorian Silk Ball Gown
Euphemia Victorian Ball Gown
Farrah May White Lace Organza Gown
Janina Victorian Style Cotton Ball Gown
Jayne Gray Silk Victorian Ball Gown
Lorellen Off Shoulder Victorian Civil War Ballgown
Marelda Silk Victorian Ball Gown
Peony Civil War Styled Gown
Primrose Victorian Civil War Gown
Rosetta Belle Victorian Gown
Stellar Victorian Styled Ball Gown
Victorian Ball Gown
Victorian Bustier and Skirt
Victorian Bustier and Skirt
Victorian Civil War Styled Ball Gown
Victorian Civil War Styled Ball Gown
Victorian Gown
Victorian Gown and Fichu

Throughout the Victorian era, evening dresses with low necklines exposing the shoulders and the collar bone were popular. Compared to the daywear of the era, the evening dresses showed a lot of skin. Shawls became essential for modesty, along with lace fichus. It was also common for two corsets to be made for the same ensemble, one for day and one for night. The corset bodice would have a higher neckline for daywear, while the night corset would have a lower neckline for evening wear.

The off the shoulder neckline is also known as the bertha. The bertha had many layers of lace flounces on the top hemline. These flounces could be 3 to 6 inches deep! The bodice could also be covered with several flounces of lace, to further the extravagant decoration. The sleeves were often shaped like large bells to balance the bertha and large skirt of the gown. Detachable undersleeves called engageantes were attached under the sleeve. They not only protected the gown's sleeves, but also added volume.

Here at Recollections, we carry a range of off the shoulder gowns. Suited for balls and large fashionable affairs, our gowns come in darker denser winter fabrics and lighter summer prints. All of our gowns are available in sizes XS to XXXXL and made in the USA. We hope to help you find your next (or first) off the shoulder ball gown!

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