Alumni Weekend Event | Home Ec & Human Ecology Reception: “The Undress Paradox: Immorality, Propriety and the Victorian Tea Gown”

Date(s) - 20/09/2019
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Avenue and 112 Street, Edmonton Alberta

A plateau for fantasy and innovation, tea gowns provided respectable women a place to experiment within the rigid system of Victorian dress. Join us to hear how this interior garment shifted in use from home to evening-wear and how it fostered corset-free and transgressive fashions. Our program will be followed by a reception with time to visit. All are welcome!

You may not think of a Victorian tea gown as being a ground-breaking feminist statement like Marlene Dietrich’s menswear or the androgyny of the 1980’s, but for respectable Victorian women, tea gowns provided them a place to be as experimental as punk rock.

Join us to hear Anne Bissonnette, PhD, speak on how a shift to corset-free gowns signaled a societal change. The presentation will be followed by a reception with delicious appetizers and refreshments. All are welcome!

RSVP and details can be found here.

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