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Tea gown

silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Betty Freese, 1944
Accession Number:
Not on view
This traditional tea gown mixes subtle historical details based on a typical, late-1870s silhouette. The one-piece dress is fitted to the body with princess seams, yet the back of the dress gives the illusion of being loose with a smocked draped panel that extends into a train. It is doubtful that a woman would go corsetless, yet she could wear her corset loosened for teatime with friends.
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