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Tea gown

Liberty & Co. tea gown of figured silk twill, c. 1887. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, M.2007.211.901.

A tea gown or tea-gown is a woman's at-home dress for informal entertaining which became popular around the mid 19th century characterized by unstructured lines and light fabrics. Early tea gowns were a European development influenced by Asian clothing and historical approach from the 18th century which led to the renaissance time period of long and flowing sleeves.[1][2] Part of this European sense of fashion came from the Japanese Kimono which was worn by Japanese women during a wedding or any formal ceremonies.[3]

Tea gowns were intended to be worn without a corset or assistance from the maid; however, elegance always came first.[4]

During the 19th century, it was not appropriate for women to be seen in public wearing a tea gown.[4] They were intended to be worn indoors with family and close friends during a dinner party.[4][5]

Although tea gowns were meant for midday wear, they could be worn into the evening.[5] Women started wearing tea gowns in the evening for dinner or certain events at home with close friends and family by 1900.[5] Tea gowns intended for day wear usually had high necks, while evening tea gowns had lower necks.[5]

Notes

  1. ^ Takeda and Spilker (2010), p. 112
  2. ^ Vic. "Downton Abbey Season 2: Teagowns and relaxation". Jane Austen's World. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Favors, LaTasha. "Japanese Kimono History". USA TODAY. 
  4. ^ a b c "Terminology: What is a tea gown?". The Dreamstress. June 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Post, Emily (1922). "Dress". Etiquette in society, in business, in politics and at home. Funk & Wagnalls Company. 

References

  • Takeda, Sharon Sadako, and Kaye Durland Spilker, Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915, LACMA/Prestel USA (2010), ISBN 978-3-7913-5062-2
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