A nightgown is worn for sleeping, varying in length from a baby doll with matching panties to a full length gown.
Over their history, nightgowns have been made in almost any fabric, including cotton, silk, linen, rayon , wool and nylon.
Styles vary from the figure encompassing high collared, long sleeved and ankle length cotton and linen nightgowns of the 19th Century, to sleeveless batiste and silk shifts of the Teens and 1920s. Up to the rayon glamour gowns of the 1930s – 1950s. Nylon has been extremely popular in more recent years in both sheer and tricot as a hard-wearing, wrinkle free and easy to launder fabric. Cotton knits have had their day, too.
Nightgowns have traveled by many names: nightdress, nightshift, night smock, and nightie among them.
Written by HollisJ enkins-Evans/pastperfect2