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Tea gown, Liberty of London, silk, ca. 1885

Tea Gown, ca. 1870 This dress was made from authentic kimono fabric imported to America from Japan. The textile was probably originally intended for women of the samurai class.

Day dress, Mary Worley, St. Paul, MN (attr.), ca. 1875. Blue & teal silk taffeta in one piece. Apron-draped bodice with center front self-button closure, Sleeves are full length, two-piece coat sleeves with box pleated cuffs. Hem of bodice apron is Van Dyked (dagged). Minnesota Historical Society

Kimono-style tea gown, c.1905 Elegant tea gowns were worn by society ladies in their homes before dinner. They could relax with loosened corsets hidden under the flowing designs. When Orientalism swept the fashion world, loose Eastern garments were adapted to be worn as tea gowns.

Woman's dress in two parts French, about 1902 Designed by Jean-Philippe Worth