Wang's store requires that each customer pay 3,000 yuan (roughly $482) to try on a gown for 90 minutes.
A lot of Monday-morning quarterbacks loved this gown, which is odd since quarterbacks rarely wear tulle.
No 19th-century gown was worn as he greeted me and we settled around his dining room table.
Forget the guest list, the price tag, the menu—the wedding detail everyone wants to know is who'll design her gown.
Pippa Middleton changed out of her white Alexander McQueen gown in favor of more colorful attire for the evening.
"I spoke of the gown," said Young Islay (and he had not yet seen it, it might have been red or blue for all he could tell).
A combination of crocuses and snow on the ground had given her an inspiration for a gown.
As I stood by his bed the next day, I was wondering if he had not seen his mother's texts, as well as the bit of her gown.
There might have been a night gown in it, and there might not.
I should not think Mrs. Livingston would permit her to parade about in that gown.
c.1300, from Old French goune "robe, coat, habit, gown," from Late Latin gunna "leather garment, skin, hide," of unknown origin. Used by St. Boniface (8c.) for a fur garment permitted for old or infirm monks. Klein writes it is probably "a word adopted from a language of the Apennine or the Balkan Peninsula." OED points to Byzantine Greek gouna, a word for a coarse garment sometimes made of skins, but also notes "some scholars regard [Late Latin gunna] as of Celtic origin."
In 18c., gown was the common word for what is now usually styled a dress. It was maintained more in the U.S. than in Britain, but was somewhat revived 20c. in fashion senses and in comb. forms (e.g. bridal gown, nightgown). Meaning "flowing robe worn as a badge of office or authority" is from late 14c., on image of the Roman toga. As collective singular for "residents of a university" (1650s) it usually now is opposed to town.
A robe or smock worn in operating rooms and other parts of hospitals as a guard against contamination.