Thursday, June 18, 2015
One Shot- Silk Taffeta Dressing Gown 1870s
I have mentioned before that there are words that drop out of usage from the Attire language. The concept of a dressing gown is another one of those words that, post mid 20th century, fell quickly out of common, and by now have disappeared from the daily dialog.
This example of a dressing gown comes from the 1870s, when the process of dressing for the day, was far longer, more complex, and usually requiring assistance from family, or a servant. So, even during its commonplace use, the dressing gown was mostly an item for the middle and upper class. This intensely purple dressing gown would have been worn by a stylish middle class lady, with somewhat advanced tastes, given the hue of it. Such a gown would also have been deemed appropriate for a lady to entertain her intimate friends indoors, perhaps at tea.