1897 Worth gown inspired by Velazquez’s paintings of la Infanta Margarita of Spain. The dress, part of the Museum of the City of New York’s “Gilded New York" exhibition, was worn by Ms. Katie Brice to the fancy-dress "Bradley-Martin Ball." The exhibition is really fantastic if you’re into fancy frippery or New York history or Edith Wharton.
Beatles dresses from 1964. Photo via The Retronaut.
The Blue Kimono by William Merritt Chase, 1898. Courtesy of the Parrish Museum.
I’ve always hated wearing clothes around the house. My husband thinks it’s odd that I immediately put pajamas when I step foot in the apartment, but why where street clothes when flannel bottoms or whispy nightgowns are so much more comfortable. Today, as I’m drinking tea and nursing an injured ankle and crampy stomach, however, I long for something in between. Like a kimono, which became the height of fashion for a certain kind of European or American woman in the late 19th century, after Japan finally opened opened its doors to trade. (The wealthy bohemian art patroness, that is.) Indeed, the idea of “loungewear” seems to have disappeared entirely, with people either wearing jeans or sweatpants to lay about the house. Well, I’m bringing it back!