1812-1814 ca. Peignoir,
or Wrap Around Gown.
Gorgeous Regency Era Bedroom Fashion.
This Peignoir, or wrap-over gown, was made in Britain from Indian ikat.
It has a round, slightly raised collar, with gathered trimmings and narrow shoulder frills. The sleeves are extra long and are gathered into wristbands for extra ease and comfort. The bodice is lined at the back with white cotton, and the extra fabric of the skirt is gathered at the back.
From the Curator: ‘The fabric used in this stylish wrap-over gown is an unusual example of Indian ikat, purposely made to attract the European market. Ikat is a Malay term for a complex tie-resist dyeing technique in which the warp (or the weft) threads are dyed to form the pattern before weaving. The soft and blurred transition between the different coloured parts of the pattern is created by the displacement of the threads while weaving. The gown has a round, slightly raised collar and it is adorned with gathered trimmings and narrow shoulder frills.’
via Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.