With the upcoming holidays, many of us will be attending many festive parties! With that in mind, here is an excerpt from The Magic of Dress by Grace Margaret Gould written in 1911!
“With the evening comes more elaborate dress. The fashionable woman needs dinner gowns, theater and opera gowns and ball costumes. The more cultivated she is, the more she make the art of the dress the study it should be, the finer and more appropriate are the distinctions between these attires.
In planning them she must first have a definite idea of the prevailing mode as to fabric and outline. Then, if she is wise, she will modify the present style to her own type; and whether she is planning one gown or a dozen gowns, let each be distinctive and each suit the occasion on which it is to be worn.
It is well to bear in mind that the trimming of a gown may give a distinctive touch to it, and that in a measure it acts as an index to the dress, putting the gown in its own class. Never use the same type of trimming on your evening gowns. If the dancing frock is trimmed with artificial flowers of chiffon and satin, have the ball gown trimmed with fur, or gold or silver embroideries. A woman with one trimming is a woman of one-dress idea, and not much of an idea at that.
It goes without saying that a little good trimming is better than a lot of inferior trimming. When economy must be given at least a passing thought, a good quality of velvet or brocade is a better investment than some prevailing fad in silks or even some exquisite shade of chiffon. There is always the next year to bear in mind.”