The Inaugural Gala Gown worn by Jacqueline Kennedy on January 1961 in her first major appearance as the glamorous new First Lady Elect. This gown was included in the book, "Fifty Dresses That Changed the World" by the Design Museum, England.
The pick-up skirt reflects today's version of the Victorian Era bustle. The fabric is caught at points around the skirt for added volume. This effect is best worked with sumptuous fabrics such as satin and taffeta enhancing the opulent silhouette.
Known as a tea, dance or ballerina length skirt, the shorter skirt is a subtle departure from the traditional floor length gown. A tea length skirt evokes an ingenue-like sensibility, and when paired with a ball gown silhouette, achieves a glamorous, debutante or ballerina look.
Like the variations on the traditional bridal white, 'long' comes in many shades. The few inches between a floor length gown and a tea length gown, can speak volumes about the occasion's mood and formality.
Oleg Cassini gown design. The Corset: Imagining a romantic literary heroine, the corset bodice is designed to celebrate the narrowed waistline. The most authentic looking corsets are strapless, yet, full length sleeves or long gloves pair elegantly with the corset silhouette.