Let's begin with 3 examples from the 1940s. The first dress illustrates the most popular use of the extended point, the basque bodice, here with a short drop waistline. The second dress inverts the point, creating a beautiful mirror to the sweetheart neckline. The third dress narrows the extended point and takes it into the midriff - a delicious design.
1950s dresses also made great use of the extended point, as these graceful New Look dresses demonstrate.
These wedding gowns from the 1960s take the upward extended point to the empire waistline, to beautiful effect.
These adorable dresses from the 1970s use the same upward extended point starting at high and empire waistline.
And in the 1980s, formal dresses such prom dresses and wedding gowns, added a romantic touch with the extended point of the basque bodice.