Vintage Evening Wear: Recreating the Past
This section of the guide is
intended for stylists, academics and perfectionists who wish to
understand or recreate the minutest detail of historic evening wear.
Euphemistically speaking, it is the course material for a Master of Black Tie
degree. Pragmatically, it is a repository for the copious
background information I have gathered during my years of research
that, while fascinating to enthusiasts, had to be excluded from the
History section to keep the average reader from lapsing into a
The material initially included here is
the most relevant for supplementing the Guide's primary sections. Because the remaining information is so extensive yet
pertinent to so few people it will only be posted in response to
reader requests or personal caprice.
The wearing of evening
clothes implies nothing more among people of social standing or
inclination than the desire to be clean, neat, and as attractive as
possible when they meet for social purposes.
Vogue’s Book of Etiquette