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A peignoir c.1906
A 3-piece peignoir set of nylon and chiffon c.1960's

A peignoir is a long outer garment for women frequently sheer and made of chiffon or other translucent fabrics. The word come from French peigner, to comb the hair (from Latin pectināre, from pecten, pectin-, comb) describing a garment worn while brushing ones hair, originally referring to a dressing gown or bathrobe. Contemporary peignoirs are usually sold with matching nightgown, negligee or panties.

In popular culture

A peignoir is notably featured in the opening stanza of the poem Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens and in opening chapters of the novel Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, where it is described in the context of beach attire. In Fawlty Towers a flirty Frenchwoman is called Mrs. Peignoir.








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