Dressed in Daydreams. Women and the Evocation of Distant Times and Places through Historicist and Orientalist Interior Gowns, ca. 1870s-1920s

01 October 2022 → 30 September 2026
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Cultural history
    • Literatures in English
    • Literatures in French
    • History of art
    • Interior architecture history and theory
    • Fashion design
undress orientalism interiority interior dress historicisim Belle Époque
Project description

During the late nineteenth century, kimonos were favoured dressing gowns and many tea-gowns contained elements inspired by Antiquity, the Middle Ages or the eighteenth century. Paradoxically, these female garments evoking distant times and places were bound to the home. Through an object-based study of clothing and an analysis of written clothing, this research examines the link between interior gowns, wearer, domestic interior and the ‘Other’.