Duties of these dresses are quite obvious, but how about a tea gown?
|Stunning example of a beautiful and comfortable dress|
J.P: Worth, 1900
First, I imagine just a nice dress with some Oriental kick, and I would wear when my friends come for a 5 o'clock tea to change some gossips. I wasn't so far from the truth, but was a little bit more than this.
|For vain ladies, this gown requires a corset underneath, but looks so faboulus with this fabric and caftan.|
Earliest tea gowns came in fashion around 1870, and gone at 1930. I really surprised, when I read, these dresses were mean to be comfortable. Yes, comfy dress in that era, when everybody wore tight-laced corsets and minimun 6 kg heavy dresses. Allright, whenever we re home we wish to wear something loose fit and not to fancy, that wasn't different 150 years ago. Home dresses and wrappers were still exist, but how about those little dinners with your family or just an afternoon chatting with your mom. You just couldn't open a door for them in wrapper.
So, that was the moment, when the tea gown arrived.
|No definied waistline, loose fitted tea gown|
I didn't have definied waistline, so you could wear without corset ( or vain girls with), so it was very-very informal gown, never-ever be so daring to wore outside of your house. ( So what happened with my friends if they visiting me? They need to be tight-laced, while I wore my loose comfy tea gown, I stuffed all cake in myself? Oh, lucky me!)
|As I see, there is only one lady who isn't laced so tightly, what about the others? At least, the don't get fat from the cakes :)|
|Don't worry Darling, next time I will go to you!|
So tea gowns inherited practical things from wrappers, they inherited the luxurious look from ball gowns. Usually made from expensive silks, laces and Oriental patterned fabrincs. Let your fantasy out, if you were in love with huge flowing sleeves of Renessaince, or Watteau-pleats of 18th century, or some Asian influnce, no problem.
|Worth, 1894, tea gown|
It reminds me of a Tudor dress with that bodice and sleeves.
Loose fit, must be easy to dress up in.
|Possibly made from cashmere, which was probably woven in1860, and it's a nice analogue of men's dressing gown, and a good example of function of tea dress.|
|Next to princess line, later empire-styled high-waisted cuts were popular too.|
|Natural form era tea gown, with princess lines|
Generally tea gowns were for midday, but with lower neck, you could wore for dinner as well, so hooray, you could enjoy the food as well and still looked faboulus.
|Low-necked, evening tea gown, 1910 J.P. Worth|
|Evening tea gown, cc. 1880|
Rococo influenced, open robe, possibly still had to wear corset underneath
Tea gowns were very popular in their times, but of course those old-fashioned people were moaning, that such a horrible thing to be stunning and convinient at HOME :)
"Ladies who a few years ago would have considered the idea appalling, calmly array themselves in the glorified dressing-robe known as the ‘tea gown’ and proceed to display themselves to the eyes of their admirers…Of course it in no-way resembles the dressing gown of utility. It is of elaborate design and infinite cost….It is absolutely useless, and utterly ridiculous; but this is not the worst that may be said about it. It is, to all intents and purposes, a deshabille; and so great is the force of association that the conversation is exceedingly apt, nay almost certain, to become deshabille as well….At their first beginning the tea gowns only put in an appearance when the beverage from which they take their name was dispensed in the ladies boudoir, and only a rare and favoured specimen of the opposite sex was admitted on sufferance. But such old-fashioned prudery has long been thrown aside…the tea gown have descended to the drawing room and the hall…"
|Which one you want to look?|
I think worth to mention Aesthetic dresses as well. They were a rebel daughter of tea gowns. Designed by artists, totally rejected all morals of Victorian fashion. They goals were emphesaise women's natural lines, wrapped in marvellous fabrics with a hint of pluperfect fashion eras.
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Nowadays, tea-lenght dresses a kind of granddaughters of these amazing gowns of Victorian fashion. They can be worn summer parties, daytime events, where you need to be look formal.
Tea-lenght is not too long, not too short, there is no exact definition of it. Hemline is ended somewhere just above knees and up to the ankles.
|Be elegant all day and night, tea leght dresses|
|We gonna be late from the garden party!|