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Tea gown

wool, silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Amelia Beard Hollenback, 1966
Accession Number:
Not on view
This teagown belonged to Amelia Beard Hollenback (1844-1918), wife of the prominent financier and philanthropist John Welles Hollenback (1835-1927). In 1874, the Hollenback family settled in the modestly affluent neighborhood of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. The first teagowns, which were worn as at-home attire when entertaining guests, made their first appearance in the late 1870s. Worn in the months immediately after the Hollenback's first daughter was born, this early example illustrates Amelia Hollenback's keen awareness of fashion.
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