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Victorian Gown
$199.95
Victorian Bustier and Skirt
$179.95
Victorian Civil War Styled Ball Gown
$359.95
Victorian Civil War Styled Ball Gown
$429.95
Victorian Lace Ball Gown
$599.95
Primrose Victorian Civil War Gown
$189.95
Victorian Velvet Gown
$329.95
Chantelle Victorian Ball Gown
$219.95
Victorian Gown and Fichu
$254.95
Victorian Southern Belle Ball Gown
$599.95
Off Shoulder Victorian Civil War Ballgown
$399.95
Emma Victorian Gown
$239.95
Dupioni Victorian Ball Gown
$169.95
Farrah May White Lace Organza Gown
$324.95
Anna Belle Civil War Styled Gown
$149.95
Jasmine Civil War Ball Gown
$359.95
Peony Civil War Styled Gown
$299.95
Victorian Satin and Lace Ball Gown
$479.95
Satin Victorian Civil War Ballgown
$419.95
Arabella Ball Gown
$429.95
Marelda Victorian Ball Gown
$261.95
Stellar Victorian Graduated Stripe Golden Tan Ball Gown
$259.95
Victorian Cotton Off Shoulder Gown
$219.95

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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