Adonising - 1807 - The fashionable expression for "dressing for dinner".
It is a little art, history, fashion, style, fabric, trims, buttons, laces, silhouette, design, vintage, antique and beauty. In other words a treasure trove of details in women's garment design.
The definition of Adonising can be found in C.W & P.E Cunnington, A Dictionary of English Costume 900-1900, Charles Beard.
I'm skipping around a bit on the seasons, so we'll be focusing more for dressing this holiday, when we are all scrambling for ideas. This is Balenciaga's fall 2009 abreviated collection, it is rated one of the top 10 on style.com.