The teagown was intended to be worn at home while greeting receiving people. As with most other century garments it did not require the wearer to don a corset underneath. This level of comfort was only permissible in one's own home
Reception gown (or costume), Mme Ed. Thomé, ca. silk Metropolitan Museum of Art b; Gift of Richard Martin Victorian fashion always contained some kind of historicizing element, and in the fashion’s focus was on the eighteenth century.