Thanks you so much for the excellent responses to my last question (which I will respond to individually in a bit) - you guys are great!
I have another question for you'all...
When exactly did close-fronted gowns come in? I'm attending a dance that is set in the early 1770s and I'm wondering if a closed front gown would be appropriate or if I should really have a stomacher and robings.
I'd much rather go with the closed-front gown as it's simpler and I have to make said gown in short order but I don't want to be horribly in-correct. :P