During the early 1900s it's all about the Gibson Girl style. The ideal silhouette is one with an s-cure displaying a larger bust and tiny waist (as you can see from the picture above of Camille Clifford). Some of the hourglass figure from that era was accentuate with corsets under dresses.
1920s - Flapper Dress
By the end of 1910s, the concept of corset was abandon. The aftermath of the Great War influenced woman to wear garments that are more relaxed and 'free'. For instance, drop-waist dresses were popular for social events and parties. Most of the evening dresses are knee length and detailed with beads, fringe and sparkly touch to show a new independence.
1940s - Utilitarian Dress
In reflection of WWII, woman fashion made a shift from the fancy flapper dress to utilitarian dress. The style is characteristic by a broad shoulder, collar shirt dress as seen on the first image (models on the London street wearing dress by Norman Hartnell in 1942). However, post-war, Hollywood star, Rita Hayworth wore a black satin gown on the set of Gilda (1946) and consolidate the image of "femme fetale". This strapless dress remains to be an iconic dress the style is still popular in today's fashion.
1950s - Sheath Dress
Continuing from the post-war changes, one of the biggest trend in fashion is Dior's "New Look" style. The aesthetic is moving towards a more feminine, delicate hourglass silhouette. The sheath dress design reflects the form-fitting figure woman are aiming form in that era.
1960s - Shift Dress
The Baby Boomer generation lead to a new modern take on fashion. Jacqueline Kennedy (pictured on the left) brought woman out of the big-hair, tight-waist fashion shell and popularized the iconic shift dress. Audrey Hepburn, Jean Shrimpton, and Twiggy also embrace this simple modernistic trend.
1980s - Prom Dress
Due to the rise of Materialism and consumerism, people were into brand names and luxury. In addition, prom began to be a big social event for teens. As seen in Cyndi Lauper's music video bold color prom-looking dresses are popular.
1990s - Baby Doll Dress
At a first glance, it may seem hard to define the popular dress trend for the 90s because fashion is diverse. However, grunge style was one of the mark of the 90s and baby doll dresses was one of the trendy casual dresses seen on the streets. (picture above is from Clueless).
So, what do you think? Which era dress is your favorite?