When you think of dressing gowns nowadays, you think of a towel like material that you can wear to lounge around in. In the 60s they were called ‘peignoir’ meaning a woman’s loose fitting dressing gown and they were worn when ladies were brushing their hair or taking their make up off. The word comes from the French word peigner for ‘a covering worn while dressing’. Peignoir’s are often embroidered around the chest area and can be worn with long gloves and stockings usually made of the same material.
A peignoir is a glamorous outer garment usually made of chiffon or a synthetic fabric that can be worn over a night gown. They ooze elegance and can sometimes be found with a lace or satin trim. My personal favourite is a peignoir with a feather hem and cuffs (not practical but so perfect).
Peignoir’s can be seen worn in 1960s films including Audrey Hepburn in ‘Paris When It Sizzles‘ (1964).
I often wear my 1960s light pink peignoir from Gossard Artemis. It has a synthetic hem with a floral pattern around the chest, it closes at the top with two smalls buttons.
The H.W Gossard Company was founded in 1901 when it made corsets. In the 1960s Gossard developed the wonder bra and today they are still in business. Let’s hope they bring back the peignoir!
Would you wear a peignoir or do you prefer the modern dressing gown?