Civil War Wrappers
A wrapper was a front-closing, expandable gown that you used while doing housework, or to cover your undergarments while you were getting ready for the day. Pregnant ladies also favored them since they expanded at the back to "grow" with your figure. Wrappers weren't usually seen by the general public, which is a shame because ladies often used wild and exciting designs and colors on them!
Delightful c1865 Silk Challis House Dress.
Delightful c1865 Silk Challis House Dress
#1171, 1860's Exotic Fern & Plaid Green/Black Dress
Fiber not known, American or European, 1862. Front cut in one piece, 2-piece back, full skirt. Features, collar, flared sleeves, tasseled waist cord, button frogs. Decorated with silk ribbon an gimp. MET- gorgeous wrapper! wrap-it-up
Charming 1860's Print Challis Wrapper Dress Museum de Accessioned | eBay
Charming 1860's Print Challis Wrapper Dress Museum De-accessioned
Woman's Morning Dress Europe, circa 1865 Costumes; principal attire (entire body) Cotton muslin Center back length: 62 in. (157.48 cm) Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne (M.2007.211.667) Los Angeles County Museum of Art