Tea Dress ca. 1885 via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. Its successor, Aesthetic dress, drew from the same design, but not philosophical, resources. In 1884, Liberty & Co. hired Edward William Godwin, an architect and proponent o British Tea, Teas Gowns, Costumes, Fashion, Tea Gown, Vintage, Dresses, Liberty Of London, Metropolitan Museums
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Beige silk dress (front) by Liberty of London, British, ca. 1913. Label: "Liberty, London and Paris"
Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. This gown is a little more fashionable with its loose corset and a bustle.
Tea Gown Liberty of London ca. 1885 This tea gown, with its light corseting and bustle is a more fashionable adaptation of the Aesthetic style. It is executed in the company's distinctive light and supple silks. With its simple adornment and pale colors, it stands in marked contrast to the heavily embellished, confining, vividly colored costumes of the day. This style of dress became particularly popular as at-home wear because it was both comfortable and appropriate for greeting visitors.
Ruched silk Artistic dress by Liberty of London, British, 1891. Label: "Liberty & Co./Artistic and Historic Costume Co./222 Regent St. W"
Ivory wool tea gown with black silk velvet and black lace decoration (front), American, 1875. Worn by Amelia Beard Hollenback (1844-1918), wife of the prominent financier and philanthropist John Welles Hollenback (1835-1927), in the months immediately after the Hollenback's first daughter was born, this early example illustrates Amelia Hollenback's keen awareness of fashion. Teagowns, which were worn as at-home attire when entertaining guests, made their first appearance in the late 1870s.