Wrapped in my dressing gown... with Carolann Schmitt
Originally presented November 3, 2022
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Wrapped in my dressing gown…
While mid-nineteenth century gentlemen were dressing in sedately somber business clothing in public, they were frequently found wearing a brightly colored and patterned garment at home, in semi-public places where informality reigned, and in military camps and hospitals. Wrappers, dressing gowns, house robes and invalid robes are terms used to describe this common garment worn by men and boys of all ages and all socio-economic classes; and a garment we should see more often at events. We’ll refer to original garments, images, and written descriptions as we examine men’s dressing gowns c.1840-1870: styles, fabrics, construction, commonality, and when and where they were worn.