Let's travel forward in time to the nineteenth century. Any Southern belles in the crowd? http://www.ladyfaire.com/civwargowns.html
This gown is from 1910. I think it's very elegant. From Pinterest.
Fast forward to the 1950's. Frothy. Very frothy. From Pinterest.
The 1960's. Jackie Kennedy wore this dress to her first state dinner. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/aroundthemall/2009/07/remembering-jackie-os-birthday-in-style/
The 1980's. Velvet and feathers. Very rich and excessive. By Victor Costa http://rozessecondhandnews.blogspot.com/2011/01/january-2-2011-to-january-9-2011.html
Today. Renato Balestra From Pinterest
Rascal! How did you get in here? You are such a ham. I guess we don't know what our pets do after we turn out the lights.