A 1900 tea-gown in the Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum - Tea-gown
This tea-gown, by the Parisian Rouff, dates to around 1900. The front panel was probably made in India, but to suit European tastes, and the lace is from Limerick, Ireland. According to the Victorian & Albert museum (where it can be seen) it is: woven silk damask embroidered with glass and metal beads, and metal thread, chain-stitch embroidered net.

Additional shots of the dress:
Victoria and Albert Museum - Tea-gown

The lace on the back of this dress is quite amazing - flowing like a cascading waterfall to the floor. Very beautiful but more meant for standing up than sitting down, one would assume. The same lace can then be seen at the sleeves and covering part of the skirt giving it a feeling of a fairy-tale princess dress. 

Victoria and Albert Museum - Tea-gown
Here the beading and embroidery can be seen very clearly - along with the dress silhouette so typical of the Edwardian era: a thing waist and the chest pushed out like on a hen (perhaps not the most flattering of models that fashion history has come up with).

All photos are (c) Rebecca Bugge.

1 comment:

Time Traveling in Costume said...

I wish I could find fabric like this now. The embroidered parts really make the gown.