Fashion Plate | c. 1870 | French
Evening Dress | c. 1910
Elegant at-home wear was an essential part of an upper class wardrobe at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The tea gown, a structured and boned one-piece dress, was the first manifestation of a trend toward more comfortable attire for wearing in the presence of one’s intimates. This ensemble, while elaborate, is significantly less restricting than a tea gown, yet, by the teens, was considered modest enough to be seen in. (met museum)
Callot Soeurs | c. 1910-14
In the Directoire revival, the waistline was raised in the manner of a century earlier, but with corsetting that had the vestiges of the monobosom. Perhaps even more importantly, the silhouette reflects Europe’s examination of Eastern dress, the softness, raised waist, and lower bust stance suggesting “ukiyo-e” prints and other Japanese style.
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