Liz says: Formal & Evening Dresses. Are you going to a special function? I picked out a few awesome looking dresses for you. You will look impressive in one of these. Evening wear began its evolution in the royal courts of 15th century Europe. The more elaborate the clothing, the higher the rank. The most opulent clothing was reserved for royalty and nobility. As trade expanded and methods of spinning and weaving evolved, rich textiles such as silk became more broadly available. Those who could afford fine fabrics began to show off their wealth with their clothing when attending royal events.