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