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Object ID Number SAM 1948.9b
Object Name Dress
Title Housecoat
Date ca. 1887
Culture American
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Frank Patterson Chambers
Exhibit Label Several yards of navy blue twill wool would have encompassed the wearer of this housedress, or “tea gown,” made circa 1887. The wool fabric is printed in an all over pattern of large pansies, and includes a silk pleated placket running along the front, giving a blousy affect to the dress, while also disguising the dress’s closure. A small bustle was worn at back, where the fullness of the skirt gathers at the wearer’s waist. While tea gowns like this one were seen as a more relaxed and informal dress, typically worn inside the home, the elaborate ruffles at the neck, shoulders, and cuffs give the garment an air of formality.
Medium Wool/Silk
Material Wool/Silk
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