Tea Gown

Object number
99.3.77
Creator
Au Bon Marche
Date
1880 – 1899
Description
Tea gown from Bon Marche. Fashion fabric is a black silk brocade of large pink and white roses with smaller pink and white rosebuds. Lined in bright pink china silk that is most likely weighted. Inner "bodice" made from lining silk boned with baleen and closes with metal hooks an eyes. Front of fashion fabric wraps around front and closes with metal hooks and thread eyes on PL for asymmetrical front. Short, full sleeves suggest 1890s. Trimmed at neck, cuffs, and hem in red velvet. Velvet further decorated with fringe or embroidered jet beads. Additional layer of lining and black silk extend up to 7 1/2 in. up from hem into skirt. No tapes inside to suggest bustle attachments. Excess in back likely formed a train.

Tag "Au Bon Marche Paris Z88244 Taille" in PR bodice. Petersham: "Au Bon Marche Mon. A. Boucicaut Paris."
Materials
silk
whale bone
velvet
jet
Object Type
tea gowns