A tea gown was a luxurious garment for a woman to wear at home while at leisure. Social custom considered it essential to gracious living and dictated that it should be worn after five oclock. 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.
This gown was worn by its original owner to a tea party for President Teddy Roosevelt in 1907.
Place object was created: France
cotton lace, linen thread
Measurements: width: 25 inchesGift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, donated by Mrs. M.W. Peterson 1983.75.142A-B
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH