What are gowns?

Gowns

A gown, from medieval Latin gunna, is a usually loose outer garment from knee- to full-length worn by men and women in Europe from the early Middle Ages to the 17th century, and continuing today in certain professions; later, gown was applied to any full-length woman's garment consisting of a bodice and attached skirt. A long, loosely-fitted gown called a Banyan was worn by men in the 18th century as an informal coat.

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Running Of The Brides
... The Running of the Brides was a one-day sale of wedding gowns, garnering local media attention because of the sight of hundreds of brides-to-be scrambling for bargains ... The store stocked thousands of gowns for that day, and marked them down drastically ... from $249.00 to $699.00, marked down from retail prices as high as $9,000 gowns were non-returnable ...
Student Gown
... Student gowns (or more correctly undergraduate gowns) are a form of academic dress worn by undergraduate students at a number of institutions ... In the past, there used to be many different gowns for different ranks of undergraduates, but these were abolished in the 20th century ... Currently there are just one or two gowns for a single class of undergraduate ...
Muriel King - Film Wardrobe
... films Sylvia Scarlett (1935, Katharine Hepburn's clothes.) Stage Door (1937, gowns) Manhattan Merry-Go-Round, (1937, Tamara Geva's gowns) Appointment for Love (1941, Margaret ...
Amsale Aberra - Biography
... she herself never expected to be a fashion designer, and especially not a couture wedding gown designer that would be famous ... worked there for two years she began her own bridal gown company ... Her approach was to create stunning, simple gowns that would fit the modern woman ...
Gowns - Formal Gown
... In women's fashion, gown was used in English for any one-piece garment, but more often through the 18th century for an overgarment worn with a petticoat – called in French a robe ... Compare this to the short gowns or bedgowns of the later 18th century ... garment, and the most often English word for a woman's skirted garment was "gown" ...

Famous quotes containing the word gowns:

    And I saw it was filled with graves,
    And tomb-stones where flowers should be;
    And Priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
    And binding with briars my joys and desires.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    My gowns were gorgeous, always low-cut, very décolleté. I wore hardly any makeup, just some lipsticks, that’s all. No lights. Just a baby spot. I wouldn’t have any entrance. They’d play the intro in the dark, and a spot would come on, and there I’d be.
    Richard Brooks (1912–1992)