Dinner and Dancing Dresses
Rich and glowing colors are effective at the sea-shore, and will be found this season in many costumes carried to Newport- most beautiful of summer cities. Evening dresses for Summer dinners and dances are of the embroidered muslins now having such favor, and also of moiré and chiffon. White and pink are the colors most used, sometimes alone, more often together. Yellow frocks are also made with chiffon and embroidery on moiré, in odd brocades of small designs, and on taffeta or satin. A Félix gown of delightfully simple style is of a white moiré dotted with small stars of satin. The half-low corsage of moiré fitted by darts and laced in the back, is lengthened to pass inside the skirt belt of chiffon. It is trimmed around the neck with carelessly draped folds of pink chiffon, studded at intervals with single pink roses without foliage. Below this falls very low on the front a draped ruffle of the chiffon doubled, which extends to form two lengthwise ruffles on short puffed sleeves of the white moiré. A cluster of roses separates the pink ruffles on the sleeves. The moiré skirt of seven gored breaths lined with taffeta just touches the floor in the back, and is bordered to match the neck with pink chiffon folds studded with roses. To give more decided coloring an apron drapery is added of doubled chiffon falling almost to the foot in front, and graduating shorter to the belt in back, whence it falls in a double jabot low on the back breaths.
Other white dresses are of taffeta with trellised lines of white satin. The trimming is white appliqué lace in festoons, headed by folds of white chiffon caught at intervals with butterfly bows of mirror velvet-pink, turquoise, yellow, or Nile-green.
Some new sleeves, especially pretty for diaphanous fabrics, have outlines similar to the popular mutton- leg sleeves. They differ, however, in being puffed lengthwise along the forearm in four or five tiny puffs, very narrow at the wrist, then gradually widening above the elbow to the armhole.
excerpt from Harper's Bazar, June 30, 1894