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Edwardian Clothing at Vintage Textile: #2705 Silk peignoir

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Hand-embroidered tea dress trimmed with Irish crochet, c.1910

Dress (Tea Gown) House of Worth  (French, 1858–1956) Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926) Date: 1900–1901 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 70 1/2 in. (179.1 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, 1961 Accession Number: 2009.300.2498

This enchanting evening dress is from Schiaparelli’s fall 1938 Pagan collection, which was inspired by Botticelli’s paintings. For this collection, evening gowns were cut in a slim silhouette and ornamented with embroidered foliage and, as in this case, plastic leaves and flowers. As Dilys Blum asserts in “Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli,” this gown is inspired by Flora’s gown from Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” In the painting, Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring,...

Tea Gown, Balenciaga, 1937