A-Line – Typically refers to skirt design characterized by a flared hem and a close fitting waist, often gathered into a train.
Antebellum waist – natural waistline that dips 2 to 2 1/2 inches to a point in the center front.
Applique – ornamentation created from decoratively attached fabric or lace.
Apron – overskirt joined at the back waist of the gown.
Basque waistline – elongated waist, about two inches below the natural waist, that may dip to a point at the center point.
Bateau neckline – boat-shaped design formed by a straight line between the shoulders, often dipping in front. May or may not reveal the shoulders and is usually trimmed in lace.
Blusher – short veil covering bride’s face as the enters the wedding ceremony.
Brush train – the shortest train that simply brushes the floor.
Bustle – exaggerated gathering of fabric or a gathering of fabric caught up with a detail at the back of the gown.
Cathedral train – train extending 3 yards from the waist.
Chapel train – train extending 1 1/3 yards from the waist.
Dolman sleeve – sleeve very wide at armhole and tight at wrist, often cut in one piece with the bodice.
Drop waist – waistline positioned several inches below natural waist.
Empire waistline – shortened waist style created by attaching to skirt to the bodice just below the bust line.
Leg-of-mutton sleeve – sleeve characterized by a full puff shoulder and a fitted forearm.
Moire – silk or synthetic fabric characterized by a watery or wavelike effect.
Organza – sheer silk or synthetic fabric characterized by a plain weave.
Peplum – short sleeve with layered panels.
Point D’Espirit – net fabric characterized by oval or square dots woven in a pattern.
Queen Anne neckline – sculptured design that is high on the sides and back, with an angled open bodice with a sweetheart shape.
Raised neckline – waistline about 1 inch above the natural waistline.
Royal train – the longest train length, extending more than 3 yards from the waist.
Ruche – strip of pleated fabric or lace used as a trim.
Sabrina neckline – straight neckline that begins 2 inches inside the shoulder length and is often trimmed in lace.
Sheath – straight, fitted gown, often floor length and is worn with a detachable train.
Shirred waistline – waistline characterized by gathered fabric that creates a horizontal panel at the waist.
Strapless neckline – neckline designed to reveal the shoulders, often designed with a coordinating jacket or wrap.
Sweep train – short train, slightly longer than a brush train, that sweeps the floor.
Sweetheart neckline – open neckline that begins 2 inches inside the shoulder line and is shaped like a heart.
Taffeta – silk or synthetic fabric of light or medium weight, characterized by a smooth, crisp, lustrous plain weave or fine rib effect.