Style, grace, and elegance always come to mind when thinking of evening gowns and formal dresses. In short long floor length styles give you the illusion of floating as you walk around the room. While shorter sophisticated styles become a testament to your legs and confidence. Formal dresses originally appeared in the 15th century. The original styles were intricately woven wool that usually featured a detachable train. The dresses were most prominent in the royal courts where a formal dress spoke of her rank, social status, and wealth. Today women put on evening gowns and formal dresses for a variety of venues such as weddings, galas, and charity balls. The gowns are designed to be breathtakingly beautiful and come in an array of styles, fabrics, and colors.