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Item 54280

Title: Paris fashion, 1932

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1932

Location: Paris

Media: Ink, pencil on paper, fabric

Item 48242

Title: Male fashion doll, ca. 1812

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1812

Media: Wool, wood, velvet

Item 48240

Title: Male fashion doll, ca. 1793

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1793

Media: Wood, velvet, leather

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One-piece pink faille dress, York, ca. 1835

The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.


Poland Spring House, 1889

Poland Spring: Summering in Fashion

During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.


Mary King Scrimgeour dress, Lewiston, ca. 1895

Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.