Elegant Pajamas That Make Hibernation a Special Occasion

WHEN EVENING pajamas first slinked their way into the fashion lexicon in the early 20th century, they sent shock waves through polite society. “They were seen as scandalous—flat-out scandalous,” said Clare Sauro, director of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University. Introduced by such rebellious designers as Paul Poiret and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, evening pajamas were usually fabricated from silk or satin and took the form of a wide-legged jumpsuit or a top-and-palazzo-pants pairing and perhaps a robe. The eccentric actresses and socialites brave enough to deploy such outfits didn’t…

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