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Evening dresses' hems, necklines reflect current trends

The latest formalwear designs are available in various lengths and collar band styles.

Keen on boosting sales, makers of evening dresses in China are updating selections according to prevalent fashion.

Evening dress
Shantou Strongly is offering the model LP1451 satin evening dress, which features handmade beadwork on the hem.

Floor-length models currently account for at least 70 percent of output. Several evening gowns incorporate a chapel or cathedral train. The former measures 42 to 54in long from the waist, while the cathedral variant is between 70 and 90in.

Products that have hems reaching the knees, calves and ankles are also available. Companies offer mullet dresses as well.

Various types of neckline, including strapless, sweetheart and off-the shoulder designs, are adopted in the latest releases. In addition, many cocktail dresses feature a halter style decorated with rhinestones, beads or sequins on the wider portion of the bands.

One-shoulder and keyhole necklines are increasingly seen in recent formalwear selections. Sling types often highlight a large bowknot or floral applique.

While tube and sleeveless dresses are mainstream, factories still turn out variants that have straps, or cap or long sleeves. Empire, natural and dropped waistlines are common.

Evening gowns employing a corseted bodice are gaining ground. A vertically shirred tulle overlay or a ruched bust may be adopted for enhanced visual appeal. Narrow or wide waistbands embellished with beads or rhinestones make products more eye-catching.

The typical skirt cuts are A-line, pencil, bouffant and mermaid. They come in gathered, pleated, picked-up and layered styles. Lace and other kinds of sheer top layers, embroidery and beadwork serve as adornments.

Ivory, purple, pink, fuchsia and royal blue are among the popular colors used in new designs.

As regards materials, synthetic fabrics such as polyester, acetate, nylon, rayon and viscose are the top options for China-made evening dresses. Variants in pure or blended silk represent only about 20 percent of the industry's yield.

Satin is one of the most utilized textiles in the line. Factories choose the input for its sheen and softness.

Georgette, chiffon and organza are widely adopted because they are light and diaphanous. The first drapes well, but feels slightly coarse. Cocktail dresses and evening gowns adopting this material usually have minimal beading or embroidery so as not to pull the garment out of shape.

Chiffon sometimes contains up to 6 percent spandex for improved stretch. While organza is stiff, it is not rough on the skin.

Yarn-dyed taffeta is also a conventional choice in formalwear. The plain-weave textile boasts a smooth, crisp and lustrous face, although the fabric can crease easily.

The lining comes in 100 percent polyester or acetate, piece-dyed taffeta or polyester-cotton-spandex. Inexpensive releases typically do not have an inner layer. Invisible zippers are used as closure.

Low-end evening dresses go for $35 to $60, while midrange styles are between $61 and $100. Locally sourced polyester satin, georgette, chiffon, organza and taffeta are commonly adopted. Upscale products exceed $100, and are made of silk or imported polyester.

More economical pieces emphasize simpler constructions and minimal trimming. Heavier and complex decorative details are incorporated in pricier variants.

Quotes have climbed about 10 percent YoY due mainly to higher yarn costs.

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Evening dresses price guide


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Absolut Noble Co. Ltd

Model: Noble1
MOQ: 18 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Polyester chiffon; V-neck; long sleeves; beadwork on bodice, waist, skirt; custom sizes

Evening dress

Absolut Noble Co. Ltd

Model: Noble2
MOQ: 18 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Polyester satin; V-neck; sleeveless; beadwork under the bust, on skirt; pleated train; custom sizes

Evening dress

Absolut Noble Co. Ltd

Model: Noble3
MOQ: 18 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Polyester chiffon; round neck; long sleeves; beadwork on waist; pleated skirt; custom sizes

Cocktail dress

Shantou Strongly Trading Co. Ltd

Model: LC8211
MOQ: 30 pieces
Delivery: 30 days
Price: $38
Description: Polyester organza; polyester satin lining; pleated satin band under the bust; custom sizes

Evening dress

Shantou Strongly Trading Co. Ltd

Model: LE1161
MOQ: 30 pieces
Delivery: 35 days
Price: $40
Description: Polyester chiffon; polyester satin lining; beadwork on shoulder; draped layers; custom sizes

Cocktail dress

Shantou Strongly Trading Co. Ltd

Model: LP1451
MOQ: 30 pieces
Delivery: 45 days
Price: $55
Description: Polyester satin; handmade beadwork on hem; custom sizes

Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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