History of the dressing gown

When it comes to dressing gowns,
the gentlemen were far more comfortable than we were!

… even though this one makes us a beautiful grimace! :

Some examples:: n ,,; :::: !!!:

Dress of interior of man or banyan coming from the wardrobe of Jacques de Vaucanson, mid-eighteenth century Long sleeve garment and small collar straight cut in a lampas big background

Gift of the Society of the History of Costume
First half of the 18th century
Painted cotton canvas dyed, blue background, six colors. Painted and dyed decoration available. Origin of the material: India, Coromandel coast for the Dutch market.Confection: India, probably for the Dutch market.
GAL 1920.1.2039
Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris
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Increasingly appreciated in the second half of the seventeenth century, cotton canvas dresses were called in France by Indian women, in reference to the origin of their fabrics painted and dyed in India and reported by the companies of the East Indies.
This kimono dressing gown testifies to the important role played by Holland in the European craze for this type of garment. This country was the only one allowed to trade with the Japanese. The Shoguns used to offer 30 kimonos to the Dutch officers at the signing of commercial treaties. The decor of the dressing gown combines the motifs of pine and plum trees, often associated with bamboo to form a traditional Japanese decor that evokes the virtues of the gentleman. The Indian of this dressing gown was executed in India from a Japanese model, for the Dutch market. The Dutch seem to have particularly appreciated this decoration, which can be found in several examples in their current public collections. This dressing gown is part of a collection of clothing and textiles that proves that a successful motif could be reproduced in the « envi.

Author of record: Pascale Gorguet-Ballesteros
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Clothes. Modes and men’s dressing room: dressing-gown in Banyan, 1750-1760
Banyan dressing gown in yellow green satin embroidered with geometric pattern cord with an ecru cotton lining. Sleeveless jacket and silk druggie made of green, yellow and cream flowers, with lamellar buttons and cannetillés on copper sheet.

The late 18th century Indian bathrobe by Jouy-en-Josas Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf (1738-1815) evokes that of the bourgeois gentleman of Moliere; dressed in such a garment, the latter proudly exclaims « I got this Indian done. »
The Lutheran of German origin, with the discreet tastes to the antipodes of Monsieur Jourdain, yields however here to the whims of fashion. « The time of the Indians », cotton canvases imported from India and then manufactured in Europe as early as the 17th century, became established in France in furnishing and dressing during the second half of the XVIII century, their prohibition for economic reasons during more than 70 years old, having been lifted in 1759.
While various sources testify to the existence of « dressing gowns » that are older or belonging to women’s wardrobes, this « neglected » garment, revealing a new conception of the human body, freed from its traditional yoke, and is an essential part of the male wardrobe of the Enlightenment.

Interior dress for men.
India Coast of Coromandel, circa 1750


And even see that the toddlers also have their little dressing gown !!!

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