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Title: Nightgown
Identifier: X964.36.1
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1890-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Fine white muslin short sleeved chemise with eyelet and white embroidery at neck, bottom and sleeves. V-neck and split sleeves, white ribbons ties at the neck and at the sleeves.

A nightgown is a loose garment wore next to the skin for sleeping and is predominately worn in modern times by women.

"The Chemise was probably the first nightwear worn by women in the early middle ages. The chemise was a medium length tunic not unlike the clothing worn by many of the ancient cultures in the Middle East. The chemise in medieval Europe had a dual function it was not only a women’s sleeping gown it was also her underwear. Chemises protected the one dress that women might wear for years from sweat. It was the only item of clothing that a woman in the middle ages was likely to launder often."

"Night gowns evolved from the chemise. In the beginning of the twentieth century the night gown became to be widely used by American women. They were generally made from light weight cottons in the summer and heavier flannels in the winter. The lines between the chemise and the night gown became somewhat blurred. Mid light night gowns without many buttons that lacked shape became to be known as women’s night shirts." _http://www.bukisa.com/articles/129801_a-brief-history-of-womens-nightwear#ixzz1RRp1vYDY_
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