|Pretty new teacup from Sacramento.|
I had thought a tea gown was a frothy-ish dress worn indoors, late in the day (teatime, of course). What I learned is that tea gowns were actually a garment worn as "undress," in one's own home only, in order to receive visitors. They were never worn *out* of the home, never worn for visiting, and were typically worn without corsets. Tea gowns were literally really fancy, slightly fitted bathrobes.
Here is a selection of late Victorian tea gowns I collected from The Met online collections:
|1891 - not my favorite design, but I like the tie around the waist, and the loose fit.|
|1875. Beautiful, frothy, and not worn with a corset, but with a snug-fitting bodice.|
|1880 - the back. Love the train, and the jacket-like fit to the back.|
|1885 - my absolute favorite. It has a Chemise a la Reine feel to it.|
|1890 - beautiful color and a lovely train out the back. It almost looks 1870s, yeah?|