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  • n. A formal gown to be worn by women to balls and similar social events.


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  • She wore the green of her House, deep bottle-green ballgown, grand and beautiful.

    Tew's Day!

  • By fashion standards, Alberta Ferretti's eyelash pleat dress on TV personality Cat Deeley and Monique Lhuillier's rose-covered ballgown, modeled by Garcelle Beauvais, were standouts.

    Dita Von Teese Struts At Heart Truth Fall 2011 Fashion Show (PHOTOS, POLL)

  • Appropriately, given the occasion and the wearer, the pattern was destroyed, allowing Edith Roosevelt a one-of-a-kind ballgown. 1909 saw Mrs. Helen Taft in “one of the handsomest models ever seen in Washington.”

    The Presidential Inauguration | Edwardian Promenade

  • If you want to grow a beard and wear a ballgown; you should be able to do it!

    2009 February « I’m Not Broken

  • Her ballgown had once been beautiful but was now dirty, with beads hanging off of it in strings.

    Judge deveraux

  • "With a big dress or ballgown, you cannot have a big bag, so go with a smaller, minaudière style," she says.

    Summer's Clutch Play: Grab a Handbag

  • The white-feather, silver-beaded ballgown or the sheer illusion gown strategically covered with red lace would make for a grand awards-show entrance.

    PHOTOS: Which Marchesa Looks Are Oscars-Worthy?

  • "With commodious pockets," they warned, "instead of looking sleek and classical, you'll look like someone squeezed the Michelin Man into a ballgown."

    I want pockets, and I want them now

  • It's about as lucky as a self-harming princess's black ballgown; surely nobody is unsuperstitious enough to wear it for their own wedding?

    Buy Bono's old sock? No thanks

  • On the so-called Green Hill, her half-sister and fellow festival head Eva Pasquier-Wagner has donned a ballgown to attend the live version of Tankred Dorst's production, and the 2,000 opera-goers who spill out of the Festspielhaus following the six-hour marathon, for which they have paid an average of?

    The battle for Bayreuth


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