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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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Curios and Treasures," August 15, 2000–April 29, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spring and Summer Exhibition," April 19, 1947–January 9, 1948.

Detroit Institute of Arts. "Heritage and Horizon: American Painting, 1776–1976," May 5, 1976–June 13, 1976.

Kent State University Museum. "Tea Gowns," April 1, 1997–August 1, 1997.

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