Ballroom Blitz

Ramp up the glamour and own that ballroom with our pick of the finest gowns for party princesses – all feature figure-enhancing shapes plus luminous details in crystal, sequins and appliqué

1. Joyce Young Couture Collection AW15
Fairytale glamour from Joyce Young Collections

Full bloom

Unashamedly romantic and with pure fairytale credentials, this fabulous Joyce Young design features a super-full skirt of layered tulle with delicate flower appliqué, A sexy, bustier-style bodice adds glamour.


2. Eliza Jane Howell Lady Lucille EJH 523p
A fabulous low back with frill detail from Eliza Jane Howell

Frill me

Channelling fin-de-siècle decadence, this low backed design from Eliza Jane Howell’s Grand Opera collection has a distinctive frill detail that flatters the upper arms and then continues down the back line of the gown. Delicate appliqué adds extra shimmer for after dark.


3. Caroline Castigliano MALIKA_DETAIL
A sleek line and jewelled belt from Caroline Castigliano

Easygoing glamour

With trademark cut and boning to ensure both comfort and a fabulous shape, this white gown from Caroline Castigliano follows a sleek line. Side pockets add casual elegance and the gown can be accessorised – as here – with a statement belt.


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A fantasy confection of silk and tulle from The Couture Gallery

Decadent nights

A showstopper for evening parties, the Circe couture gown is from The Couture Gallery Metamorphosis collection. A fantasy confection of silk and tulle, it includes fine appliqué around the top of the skirt.


A fabulous fishtail shape and super-sized bow from Ian Stuart

Bow belle

A stellar choice for brides who want to show off their curves, Ian Stuart’s Vanderpump gown features a bejewelled waist detail and fishtail shape. A super-sized bow incorporated into the train adds a final luxe flourish.


7b. Palmoma Blanca1820GBP Paloma Blanca
Ultra feminine with lace detailing from Paloma Blanca

Lace dressing

With fine lace embroidery on the bodice and a soft full skirt, this feminine gown by Paloma Blanca is accessorised with a simple silver ribbon belt. The lace bodice detailing continues across the low-cut back.


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Silk mikado gown with lace coat from Cymbeline

White nights

This Ariana strapless silk mikado gown is by Parisian bridalwear house Cymbeline. With a full princess line, including pleats at the back, it is accessorised here with a Calais lace Aliya coat that can be removed for the ballroom. Cymbeline’s UK stockists include Mirror Mirror.


8. Ian Stuart MONTECARLO
A flattering portrait collar, fitted bodice and sweeping skirt from Ian Stuart

Fifties chic

With a 1950s twist – reminiscent of the golden days of Hepburn and Kelly – Ian Stuart’s Monte Carlo gown has a flattering portrait collar and slimline bodice with a wide crystal-encrusted belt. Chic and form flattering, it’s also an excellent foil to a sleek up-do and diamonds.


9a.. Eliza Jane Howell Angelica EJH 218p copy
A stunning alternative to white, this silver gown is from Eliza Jane Howell

Silver star

Silver makes a stunning alternative to white at evening and winter weddings and Angelica, a contemporary take on vintage eveningwear by Eliza Jane Howell, just oozes femme fatale with its long sleeves, low back and shimmering linear detailing along the length of the gown.


See our fabulous A/W 2015 photoshoot with more gorgeous Caroline Castigliano gowns

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