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Tea Gown

circa 1877-1878

(, - present)

A tea gown was considered essential to gracious living and a luxurious “at home” garment for a lady at leisure. One fashion source reported that a tea gown should be worn at five o’clock and one should “adopt an air of drooping languor which savors of mystery, while striking an Oriental note of passion and color.” A tight corset was often relaxed beneath the tea gown. One lady recorded that “in a tea gown one feels less pursed up…[and that she] would become petulant when the time came for the maid to squeeze her into her tight dress.”

Place object was created: United States

China silk, cotton net, silk Chantilly lace

Measurements:    center back length: 63 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, donated by Judy Bistany South. 1983.75.41

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