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Wednesday December 14

11:00 AM  –  12:30 PM


Wednesday, December 14, 11am

Lynne Z. Bassett, Independent Textile Historian

Best Bib & Tucker: Dressing for Tea

$10 (Members 10% discount)

Using extant garments, fashion plates, and fine art, Lynne Z. Bassett explores the rules that dictated how to dress for drinking tea in private and in company (having “tea” vs. having “a tea”), in the 19th and early 20th century. The development of the “tea gown” in the last quarter of the 19th century actually had more to do with signaling a woman’s values and politics than it had to with tea! Bassett’s lecture ends with the advice of today’s fashion influencers on how to wear and accessorize the “tea dress”—a nostalgic fashion evoking supposedly simpler times.


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