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Title :

A group of embroidered eighteenth-century bedgowns

Author :
ROSE, Clare ;
Publication year :
1996
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The bedgown - a loose, unfitted jacket for women, reaching below hip length, fastened by pinning or wrapping across the body, with long straight sleeves unshaped at the shoulder - has previously been seen as a working garment. This view is contradicted by three pieces of evidence. First, the name itself suggests a garment for sleep and indoor relaxation. Second, the cut is similar to the banyan, a luxurious lounging gown favored by early-18th c. men. Third and most important is a small group of surviving bedgowns which are far from utilitarian in purpose. Made from quilted silk or linen, these bedgowns seem much more fitted for the bedroom than the harvest field. The author describes seven such English garments, dates them ca.1720-1780, and shows how they alter our view of the role of bedgowns as a whole. ;
Pagination/Size :
7 ill.; 4 diagrams ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Broderie ; Grande-Bretagne ; Liseuse (vêtement) ; 1700-1800 ; 1720-1780 ;
Descriptors :
Bed jackets ; Embroidery ; Great Britain ; 1700-1800 ; 1720-1780 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Costume, 1996, 30
INIST identifier :
25046209 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0590-8876 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Costume Society, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;